With the city of Dublin still reeling from the terror attacks of January, it’s time to look at what’s the safest balcony in the city.
The Irish Times’ Balcony Safety Rules are a guide to what’s expected from people who live in an apartment, and are considered safe by the council.
The rules apply to balcony residents in apartments ranging from single-family homes to apartment complexes and terraced houses, as well as to people renting balconies.
The key points:The following are guidelines to keep the safety of all our balcony residents top of mind:It’s important to make sure the balcony is well ventilated, with the ventilation holes at least one foot apart.
If there is an air leak, the area needs to be cleaned up immediately.
The area must be free of dust, debris, mould and other impurities, and there must be no cracks or holes in the surface.
The balcony must be able to be used as an access point to the main house, or to a garage.
The balcony must have a minimum of two levels of access, one on the ground floor and one on a staircase.
The access should be as unobstructed as possible.
The balconies must be fitted with a minimum number of vents and vents must be at least three inches deep.
The minimum height for a balcony is eight feet.
The maximum height for balcony is 24 feet.
The minimum height of a balcony must not be greater than the height of the structure.
There must be a minimum amount of space between the balcony and the structure and it must be not less than one metre wide.
The width of the balcony must allow a person to sit comfortably.
There should be a door on the outside of the building.
The height of an outside balcony must remain between six and 10 feet above the ground.
The floor level of the outside balcony should not exceed three metres above the floor level.
The length of a floor must not exceed one metre.
The number of windows in the balcony should be at most four.
The ceiling height must be between six metres and 10 metres.
It must not have a height of more than six metres.
The roof must be made of a minimum thickness of 4.7 millimetres (0.9 inch).
There should not be any gaps between the two sides of the roof.
The structure must not contain any rubbish or rubbish bags.
A maximum of three toilets are permitted in the structure, with a maximum of four in each of the balconies, and a maximum capacity of four.
No other outdoor furniture, including tables or chairs, is permitted.
No dogs or other animals are allowed.
There is no minimum height limit on the number of pets allowed in the balconys.
No glass or other materials can be used to construct the balcony.
The property must be safe to live in.
The building must have ventilation and heat.
The design must be aesthetically pleasing and be of high quality.
The residential balcony must comply with all local building codes and safety rules.
Source: Balconies Safety Rules