The NSW Government has developed a range of measures and requirements for strata schemes that are aimed at keeping children safe by preventing the occurrence of falls. Some of these measures include:
- The required installation of safety devices on all windows that present a risk.
- Enabling individual owners to install window safety devices regardless of the by-laws that govern the strata scheme.
- The inclusion of window safety device in the prescribed condition report for rental premises from the 1st March 2014.
The new laws mean that all openable windows above the ground level that may be accessible to children from inside the premises, must be fittted with safety devices. These devices will limit the maximum opening width of windows deemed unsafe to 12.5cm. Other suitable safety devices may include a window lock or safety screens. All devices must be robust and childproof. Although these child safety requirements for Owners Corporations commenced on the 11th December 2013, owners have until the 13th March 2018 to be fully compliant. If Owners Corporations are not compliant by that date, they will risk being fined.
How To Check If Your Windows Will Need a Safety Device Installed
A window will need a safety device installed if:
- The lowest part of the window is less than 1.7m above the internal floor of the premise.
- The internal floor under the window is more than 2m above the outside surface of the ground.
For more information on the Window Safety Devices and the new requirements you can download the Condition Report from here.