Listen to content audio only in English
You see handrails in buildings, especially the ones located by your staircases and balconies, I take God beg you, avoid those ones with round, shiny surface finish.
That was how Mama Nkechi visited her daughter at Lekki. This daughter lives at one of the most expensive areas and to worsen the matter, she wasn’t staying on the ground floor and no lift in the building.
Mama Nkechi struggled to climb up the stairs and when she finally got to the daughter’s apartment, she looked back at the stairs and made a mental note to reduce her staying time.
She did not think she could survive staying as long as she initially scheduled knowing that she had to use that staircase.
READ ALSO: Window type usage in Residential Buildings.
When she entered the apartment, she settled in and strolled out to the balcony to take a whole view of the cityscape. She unconsciously leaned on the railing, her elbow slid off the rails and she almost fell off if not for the timely intervention of the daughter who was stepping out to the balcony.
Mama made up her mind not to near that railing as she sat back to regain consciousness.
Her other 2 daughters visited Mama at their sister’s house and in their excitement at Mama’s visit, took her out to have some fun.
Their excitement got to Mama and she lost her balance while going down the stairs. She tried to grab on to the handrail but it was no use, as it helped slide her to the bottom of the stairs.
READ ALSO: Your Easement right to your neighbour’s property.
I know those round and shiny handrails, they look so posh, with lights reflecting on them. They make your interior look so good but they lack efficacy when the need arises.
Round and shiny handrails have no surface friction and have no capacity to break a fall.
Those type of railings can not be found in public facilities such as hospitals or old peoples residential homes because it does not meet Staircase code requirements.
I strongly suggest the use of square or rectangular handrails in buildings with a rough surface finish. The roughness on the surface helps create friction that aids in breaking a fall.
For tomorrow’s sake.