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According to Florida law, as a general rule, handrail(s) are necessary to make steps or stairs reasonably safe:

Whether, as a general rule, handrail(s) are necessary to make steps or stairs reasonably safe, see generally Atlantic Terrace Co. v. Rosen, 56 So.2d 444 (Fla. 1952); Ainsworth v. Intercontinental Hotels Corp., 467 So.2d 386 (Fla. 3d DCA), review dismissed, 475 So.2d 694 (1985), we need not decide here, because an ordinance addressed the subject at the time the building was constructed. The record contains the pertinent page from the City of Jacksonville’s building code then in force, and brief excerpts from national safety codes incorporated by reference into the Jacksonville code at that time.

See: Lindsey v. Bill Arflin Bonding Agency, 645 So. 2d 565 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1994).

Note: Most, if not all, local building codes in Florida require handrails in stairwells and other specific locations of both commercial and residential property.

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