Each year, around 50 children fall from windows or balconies in Australia. Many suffer serious injuries. Sometimes these falls are fatal.
|By law, owners corporations in NSW must have window safety devices installed on all above ground windows by 13 March 2018. To find out more, visit the Window safety device requirements page.|
Here are some simple tips to help keep kids safe:
- Don’t be fooled by fly screens, they are designed to keep insects out, not your kids in. They are simply not strong enough.
- Install window safety devices on all above ground floor windows within a child’s reach. When the safety device is engaged, it must stop the window opening more than 12.5cm.
- Keep furniture away from windows and the edge of balconies to prevent children climbing up and falling off. Beware of light furniture that children can move around.
- If you rent, you must get written permission from your landlord before you drill. Landlords cannot refuse permission unless they have a very good reason.