How do I make railings more accessible?

There are three ways to make railings properly accessible:
  • Railings should be 1.5 inches in diameter with a 1.5-inch clearance between the inside of the railing and any wall or support. Anything more than 1.5 inches becomes a hazard as an arm might slip through and get caught.
  • Extend railings at least 1 foot beyond the end of any ramp (top and bottom) to give someone in a wheelchair enough length to pull the chair ahead to the level space. It is a good idea to add a support pole at this spot for stability and to keep someone from running into the extra length of railing.
  • Railings should be built to support a force of 250 pounds at any point.
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