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Handrails can be found in multiple places in a home. They provide a support for things like entering and exiting a bathtub and climbing a set of basement stairs. Handrails can be mounted directly on the wall or supported by posts.
Handrails are an important safety feature in a home. They help avoid bathtub slips and falls as well as keep staircases safe. Wall-mounted handrails must extend a certain distance from the wall. In addition, there are regulations as to how close they can be mounted near any obstruction, such as the bathtub or a door. Handrails also have dimension and diameter requirements.
Making sure that handrails are properly installed is also critical. A handrail that wobbles or comes loose in a person's hand is obviously less than ideal.