Window and Balcony Safety
A new law started on 13 March 2018 says that all strata buildings must ensure windows above ground floor do not open more than 12.5 cm. The property owner is responsible for providing window safety devices for rooms above the ground floor.
Falls are the most common cause of injury in every age group. Falls from windows and balconies can be especially serious. Do not rely on fly screens to prevent a child from falling through a window and keep windows locked to a maximum opening of 12.5 cm to keep children safe from falls.
Windows and Balconies
Children are experiencing falls from a variety of different types of dwellings ranging from apartment buildings, townhouses or duplex type accommodation and free standing homes.
Remember, don’t be fooled by fly screens – they are not strong enough to stop your child falling out of an open window. Toddlers aged between 2 and 4 are most at risk of window falls because they’re top heavy and are too young to judge potential danger.
- To obtain a Kidsafe NSW window safety ruler, contact Kidsafe NSW at SCHN-KIDSAFE@health.nsw.gov.au
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