Most technical provisions of the BC Fire Code describe how the code’s objectives and functional statements are achieved. However, some provisions, like this one, do not relate directly to a code objective. The following analysis is provided to assist in understanding of the provision.



Number of handrails for exterior stairs, in buildings to which Part 9 applies [see Sentence of Division A for application of Part 9], that have more than 3 risers but serve not more than one dwelling unit.


To supersede the requirements stated in Clauses and (c), which would otherwise require 2 handrails, in situations where the risk of falling is reduced because occupants are likely to be familiar with their surroundings and the risk of injury due to falls is reduced because the vertical fall distance is limited.