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Type E protruding in-pool stairs shall be in accordance with Sections 702.5.1 through 702.5.7. See Figure 702.5.
702.5.1 Barrier Required
In-pool stairs shall have a physical barrier to prevent children from swimming through the riser openings or behind the in-pool stairs.
702.5.2 Handrails or Handholds
In-pool stairs shall be equipped with not less than one handrail or handhold that serves all treads with a height of not less than 20 inches (508 mm) above the platform or uppermost tread, whichever is higher.
702.5.3 Removable Handrails
Where handrails are removable, they shall be installed such that they cannot be removed without the use of tools.
702.5.4 Leading Edge Distance
The leading edge of handrails shall be 18 inches (457 mm) ± 3 inches (± 76 mm), horizontally from the vertical plane of the bottom riser.
702.5.5 Diameter
The outside diameter of handrails and handholds shall be not less than 1 inch (25 mm) and not greater than 1.9 inches (48 mm).
702.5.6 Tread Width and Depth
Treads shall have an unobstructed horizontal depth of not less than 10 inches (254 mm) and an unobstructed surface area of not less than 240 square inches (0.15 m2).
702.5.7 Uniform Riser Height
Risers, other than the bottom riser, shall be of uniform height that is not less than 7 inches (178 mm) and not greater than 12 inches (305 mm). The bottom riser height shall be not less than 7 inches (178 mm) and not greater than 12 inches (305 mm). The vertical distance from the pool coping, deck or step surface to the uppermost tread of the stairs shall be the same as the uniform riser heights.
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