Nearly one child falls out of a window every week in Australia.
A new law started on 13 March 2018 says that all bedroom windows where the fall height is 2m or greater are with fitted safety devices ‘where the lowest level of the window opening is less than 1.7m above the floor’. In such a case the window must either have a robust screen or the window opening must be restricted to 125mm. The screen or device used must be able to ‘resist an outward horizontal action of 250 Newtons. 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.
With an option of stainless steel 316 grade mesh or exclusive KidScreen mesh the screens ensure compliance to various building construction requirements without compromising the look of the window.
The use of KidScreen Window Fall Prevention screens when secured to the window means it can be left fully open allowing natural air ventilation of the window. Other means of Fall Prevention involve fitting hardware to the windows that restricts the opening. Fire Escape Security Screens do not comply.
All KidScreen Window Fall Prevention screens are custom built, made to measure to meet the exact requirement of the National Construction Code (Vol 1: D.2.24 & Vol 2: 18.104.22.168) ensuring that your children are in the safest possible environment. It also protects your home from flying insects while maintaining the view.
The changes to the building code will result in safer environments for Australian children as new buildings are completed. However, the changes don’t have an impact on the existing residential housing stock in Australia.
However changes outlined in the NSW Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2010 (Part 9, clause 31viii). They require owners’ corporations to install safety devices generally on all openable windows that pose a safety risk to young children by 13 March 2018ix or else fines could applyx.