Did you know that the safety window measures for strata schemes has been in effect since early 2018? They were introduced to prevent children from falling from windows.
According to the requirement and as reported by the NSW Department of Fair Trading, strata building windows must be fitted with safety devices where the internal floor is more than 2 (TWO) metres above the external surface and within a child’s reach (less than 1.7 metres above the internal floor).
When the safety device is engaged, it must restrict the window opening to be less than 12.5cm and the device must be able to withstand a force of 250 newtons (which is equal to 25 kilograms of force).
If a strata scheme does not have devices installed, the owners corporation is leaving young children vulnerable to falls from windows and owners corporations can be fined up to $550 for non-compliance if convicted by a court. Furthermore, any landlord that obstructs the owners corporation from installing the safety devices, can also be fined.
To report a strata scheme that is not complying with the window safety device requirements, send an email to email@example.com along with the following information:
- your name and contact details
- the address of the strata scheme
- the managing strata agent’s name and contact details (or Secretary’s details, if there is no managing agent).
For more information, visit the Window safety device requirements page on the NSW Department of Fair Trading website on this location, or call 13 32 20.
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