Dept Fair Trading’s Preventive Child Safety Initiative For Windows In Strata

Know of anyone living in, owning or doing work in a townhouse or unit block? It is an unfortunate statistic that each year, around 50 children fall from windows or balconies in Australia. Consequently many suffer serious injuries.

The Dept of Fair Trading has their deadline set for 13 March 2018 in an effort to prevent children falling from unlocked windows. Strata schemes must have window safety devices installed on all applicable windows. If a window is able to be opened and the internal floor level is higher than 2m above the surface of the ground externally and it is within a child’s reach – less than 1.7m above the inside floor, then a safety device must be installed.

A window that can be opened and is located higher than 1.7m above the floor does not require a window safety device.

The devices must enable the maximum opening to be less than 12.5cm.

More details on the required window devices can be found here:

In some instances where the windows are substandard and have suffered oxidisation and ageing effects from weather, these may be defitted and replaced.

Kirribilli Homes are licensed builders, members of the HIA and their renovation specialist services include the defit and removal of the old windows, plus delivery, scaffolding, rubbish management and installation of the new windows including timber reveals and architraves, as required.

High-quality, customised Australian made aluminium windows and doors are available in a range of colours and contemporary designs to fit every application.

Kirribili Homes’s installation partner is Lockrite who install the compliant window safety devices which are required to be robust and childproof. Lockrite is a Locksmith and Electronic Security company with over 20 years experience in the security industry. They are fully licensed and insured members of the Master Locksmiths association.

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