In order to make stairways safer it may be necessary to install handrails

Try: Check building codes on rails in your community before beginning handrails should be long enough to extend past the end of the steps to allow safe transition to level surface allow 6 inches if possible the height of the handrail should allow the Care recipient (cr) to use it comfortably when his or her arm is slightly bent at the elbow a way to measure this distance is to measure from the floor to the cr cr’s wrist when his or her arms are held at his or her sides when choosing a handrail make sure the cr can get his or her hand around it for maximum grip and safety when installing the handrail make sure the rail brackets are connected to the support beams or studs behind the drywall a railing attached only to the drywall will pull out when weight is applied use the stud finder to locate these support beams make sure the handrail will be close enough to the wall to prevent a wrist or elbow from slipping between the rail and the wall as this can create a major risk of broken bones mark the top stair and bottom stair railing height draw a chalk line between these two points using a straight edge or string locate studs along this line install brackets in the studs at least one every 2-3 feet place the railing on the brackets and mark the holes to be drilled on the underside of the railing drill holes as marked use screws to secure the railing to the wall brackets

Materials: Handrail heavy duty brackets electronic stud finder long heavy duty screws drill chalk and pencil straight edge measuring tape

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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