Imagine what would happen if all the bars in the world disappeared at the same time. It would be a global catastrophe. Anyone would fall off a railing, be it on the veranda edge, on a deck overlooking the ocean, or off a cliff at the Grand Canyon. Children stumble on the terraces and the disabled and the elderly can get trapped on the stairs.
While many of us use handrails every day, we usually don't think about their safety implications. Handrails seem to complement the design of our balconies and patios and are a convenient place to hang flower beds, lamps or posters. We like to trust them, but we often assume our grills are sturdy, strong and the right size. That is why we are here today to remind you of the importance of networks to security.