From Sanskrit varanda, which can be translated as “barrier”, the term railing refers to a close or other similar element that acts as edge of something and serves as containment.
The railings – also called railings– provide protection in structures such as ladders, balconies, terraces and bridges. These objects, which are usually made of bronze, iron or wood, are installed in the perimeter structures, at a constant height. In this way people can lean on them or support themselves.
For instance: “Be very careful that the balcony railing is broken”, “With the help of the railing and a lot of effort, the old man managed to climb the five floors by the stairs”, “Don’t worry, the railing guarantees that children and animals cannot fall off the terrace”.
We can find stair railings that allow people to lean on them when going up and down. In these cases the notion of railing is equivalent to the idea of handrails.
Although this meaning is not in common use in everyday speech, the tables of billiards they also have railings; in this case, it is the edge of the same, which is made of rubber. Another term for this fence to prevent billiard balls from falling to the ground or flying off the playing surface is league. To ensure adequate resistance, these rails must be reinforced taking into account the force that professional players put in their movements.
Other railings are those that ensure a high surface, minimizing the risk of accidents. With a properly sized and properly installed railing, it is almost impossible for an adult individual to fall off a balcony or deck accidentally. These railings act as barriers, similar to a small wall.
In some cases, the railing is constructed for the purpose of giving a particular finish to certain parts of a building rather than focusing on the security Of the inhabitants. Since it can be made of a large number of different materials, such as wood or iron, in a myriad of different shapes and colors, the railing can be suitable for adding variety to the facade of a building and reinforcing the idea of ”private property” .
Railing It is also the name of two localities of Spain. One of them is a small town located in the municipality from Escalante (at a distance of 2 kilometers from its municipal capital), in the autonomous community of Cantabria, which had a population of only seventy-three inhabitants until 2008 as indicated by the National Institute of Statistics of Spain (INE). The Cantabrian town of Baranda is 15 meters above sea level.
On Burgos, a province of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon, there is also a town called Montija railing or Railing. It is located on the Mediterranean side of Burgos and it is possible to access it through the road BU-629 that connects Villarcayo with Bercedo.
To the north of Baranda de Montija is Villalázara; to the South, Gayangos; to the West, Bedón de la Merindad de Sotoscueva; to the East, Bárcena de Pienza. its climate it is very pleasant, with a good percentage of winds throughout the year and bodies of sulphurous water of considerable mineral wealth.
Just like the Baranda town located in Cantabria, Burgos has a very small population: until 2007, the number of inhabitants amounted to only thirty-four. As is customary in towns Spaniards, in Baranda de Montija we can find a parish church.