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Getting a leg snapped between two treads would be quite possible.
This country always surprise me, STM the citizen and major tax payer does not have the freedom to renovate their home the way he want, incredible.
Well said JLM.Keep in mind that when inspectors look at a project, be it a deck or a whole building, we have to have the minimum code requirements complied with so the NEXT owner is assured of at least a certain level or safety and safe building practices. Working in a building dept you would be surprised at how many "new" owners of existing structures come in with items that should have been complied with to meet minimum codes, now they are having to go back and correct/ fix items that were allowed to slide by. The new owners ask why it was let go, why didn't the original owner have to correct them, etc.
I'm not arguing against improved codes, but lets be realistic. Building codes are ramrodded by the insurance industry to maximize profits. If it was only about protecting people and saving lives, something would get done to stop the slaughter of Americans from Opioid use. On the order of a quarter million citizens in the last decade. "The answer to all your questions is money."
It may be, though as it is too high it isn't usable in the context of a "method of egress". In some places all rooms over a certain square footage require a "method of egress" in case of fire. Of course, if the builder has a close relationship with the inspector the rules may be interpreted differently.
I imagine the code is to prevent someone's foot from sliding forward and off the step when there is a foot of snow on the tread. Getting a leg snapped between two treads would be quite possible.
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