DDA Handrail – Do I Need a Mid-Rail?
Deciding whether to fit a mid rail is mostly a case of assessing who the users of the handrail will be. A midrail acts both as a handrail for users of a shorter stature, particularly children, and also as a guardrail to stop wheelchair wheels or walking sticks getting too close to the edge of ramps or landings. This secondary rail is also helpful as a grab rail should someone fall over. While Part M of the Building Regulations does not mandate fitting a mid rail, it does say however that if one is fitted, it should be at a height of 600mm from the floor to the top of the rail.
This means that almost every staircase, landing or ramp with open sides will need a mid rail. Whereas a completely enclosed staircase may only need one rail because there is no edge to protect wheels or walking sticks from slipping over. Our DDA system allows the height of the mid rail to be fully adjusted on site, simply slide the mounting clamp up or down the upright tube as desired.
If this particular system does not meet your specific requirements/design however, the beauty of our DDA Range is our fittings can be configured to make any guardrail system you wish. You can find all our DDA How To Guides here. If you need further assistance or have any sketches you wish for us to look over and advise, please contact us on 020 8254 2626 or email sales@AlvinKeyClamp.co.uk
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