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Updated Safety Alert- New window safety laws to help prevent child falls

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15 Nov 2013

24th October 2013 -Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts today announced that new window safety laws to help prevent children falling from residential strata buildings have now passed through Parliament.

“Owners corporations must have window safety devices installed above the ground floor that allow windows to open no more than 12.5cm when the lock is engaged,” Mr Roberts said.

“Residents will still be able to open their windows as they do now, however they will have the security of knowing that when the lock is engaged, children in their care will be protected.

“Warmer weather is upon us and residents of strata schemes should make sure that windows in their homes are safe.

“In 2011-2012, 39 children aged nine or younger were hospitalised in NSW due to window falls.

“There are over 72,000 strata schemes in NSW with an average of five new schemes registered each day, accounting for more than 600,000 residential lots.

“Owners corporations have until 13 March 2018 to install the devices.

“Individual strata schemes may only meet once a year, that means in the next four years members must agree on a course of action, fund its implementation, complete a risk assessment on all windows and then have devices installed.

“These devices are inexpensive and can be easily installed by anyone but it is crucial window safety devices are fitted correctly the first time.

“I urge owner corporations to act sooner rather than later, so no more children have to suffer permanent, debilitating injury or death due to falls from windows.”

The new laws follow recommendations from a report by The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Working Party for the Prevention of Children Falling from Residential Buildings.

Australian Medical Association NSW President, A/Prof Brian Owler, commended the NSW Government’s commitment to protecting children from window falls.

“Similar laws in New York resulted in a 96 per cent decrease in hospitalisations due to falls from windows,” A/Prof Owler said.

“Such legislation is unprecedented in Australia and I encourage the other states to follow suit.”

To read the alert in full, please click on the link here.

Source: Product Safety Australia