The NSW Government is introducing new legislation to ensure window safety, especially for children, in all strata real estate.
Your strata should be warm, dry, quiet and above all, safe. New work from the NSW Government is addressing one safety issue to minimise risk around high-rise buildings, and implementing new window safety laws.
From March 2018, strata windows must have safety devices which enable them to be locked at 12.5cm. Windows can be opened further, but they must have the capacity to be locked at this length in a childproof manner. This applies to all windows with an indoor height of 1.7 metres or less and an outdoor drop of 2 metres or more. They must also pass a 250 Newton pressure test.
According to the Real Estate institute of New South Wales, some 50 children fall out of windows or off balconies every year across the country. By enacting this legislation, the NSW Government hopes to minimise the risk of children falling and improve general safety in all strata property.
It will be up to the owners corporation to make sure all windows comply, so title holders can expect checks in this regard over the next eight or nine months. If you have any questions about the changes or the best way to secure your windows, contact the team at Civium Strata.