Horizontal Bars as a Ladder - Legal?

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I recently did a home inspection and one of the items found was that on one of the balconies, there were horizontal bars that could be a safety risk since it can be climbed like a ladder. Does anyone know of the legality of this and whether it is up to code?


Common sense says no and no, but I have no idea.  Inspectopedia is a great site and may answer your question.