Storm door swing out over steps

Storm door swing out over steps

Picture a child, older adult, guest or even the home owner rushing out the side door. As they open the storm door (without looking down) they suddenly realize they are looking at the sky and feeling their body hit the pavement. A storm door swinging out over the steps like this is just an accident waiting to happen. The lack of a platform creates a real tripping hazard. Once could see how a few inches of snow would make the step invisible and easily allow someone to get hurt.

I do not care if the municipality says you do not need a handrail or guardrail because it is less than three steps. I do not care if the home owner says you do not need a handrail or guardrail because it is less than three steps. I do not care if the real estate agent says you do not need a handrail or guardrail because it is less than three steps. The person laying on the ground after they fall out of the home is not likely to care either.

The existing condition is hazardous and unsafe and corrective actions are still necessary even if the people with an economic interest in selling the home “as is” do not care.

Additional problems include the stair riser heights behind uneven creating a tripping hazard and the fact that the door opens out onto a driveway. When entering, leaving and driving one must be sure of where the cars are and where the people are in order to avoid personal injury and vehicle damage.

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