We all know that kids will be kids. It’s natural for children to explore and experiment as they grow, develop and learn.As a parent, protecting your children from harm is your greatest responsibility but it can also be your greatest challenge.While it’s impossible to protect your children 24/7, there are some risks you can minimise and this starts at home with your window security.

Each year in Australia, an increasing number of children are admitted to hospital because of falling from windows. Tragically, these falls often occur in the child’s own home and can result in serious injury or death.  According to NSW Health, children aged from one to five years are most at risk as they are inquisitive but don’t always understand the dangerous consequences of their actions. Understandably, most falls occur during the warmer months as windows are left open during the day and night more frequently.

To help prevent these horrific accidents, the National Construction Code (NCC) specifies various requirements for certain openable windows to limit the risk of a person – specifically a young child -falling through an openable window.

 

What are the National Construction Code requirements?

We all know that kids will be kids. It’s natural for children to explore and experiment as they grow, develop and learn.As a parent, protecting your children from harm is your greatest responsibility but it can also be your greatest challenge.While it’s impossible to protect your children 24/7, there are some risks you can minimise and this starts at home with your window security.

New Residential Buildings

From the 1st May 2013, The Australian Building Code states that any openable bedroom windows with a fall of two metres or more to the surface below, require protection to prevent children falling through them.

Older Residential Buildings

While there are currently no laws that require windows in older buildings to meet new residential building standards, there are some precautions you can take to improve the safety of your home and reduce the risk of injuries.

What does this mean for you?

As a property owner of a new residential building in Australia, where a child could fall through an openable window located more than two metres above a surface below, a barrier or balustrade must be constructed to prevent the risk of injury.

Be aware that children can fall out of a window which is open more than 12.5cm, even if a flyscreen is fitted.

 

What are the requirements?

What do you need to consider?

  • The location of the window
  • The height of the window above floor level
  • The fall height on the outside of the window
  • If there are any climbable elements below the window

According to the Australian Building Codes Board the window must be fitted with either:

  1. A device to restrict the window opening; or
  2. A suitable screen that will not permit a 125 mm diameter sphere (this represents the size of a young child’s head) from passing through.
  3. If a screen is used, it must also be able to withstand an outward horizontal force of 250 N.

 

What if I am renting?

If you live in a rented property, be sure to seek written consent from your landlord before making any modifications or adding any fixtures to the window. The good news is that by law, landlords cannot unreasonably refuse your application to make minor changes, such as installing window safety devices or other security features.

 

Can Crimsafe be used?

Yes, Crimsafecan be used to secure the openable part of the window.Davcon makes protecting the littlest people in your life easy with obligation-free quotes for window screen security that is attractive, practical and fully customisable.

 

How does Crimsafe perform?

Crimsafe commissioned a test laboratory to conduct a test using the proper procedure outlined by the ICP005 Australian Window Association Industry Code of Practice – Protection of Openable Windows.

The test setup simulated a face fixed aluminium window installation of a Crimsafe fixed window screen – the screen easily passed the force requirement of 250N (25kg) with no gaps present.

The force was increased to an incredible 1000N (100kg) – four times the amount required by the NCC – and again no gaps were present

 

What else can I do to protect my children?

To prevent children falling from windows it is recommended that where possible, you:

  • Do not open windows – especially bedroom windows – more than 12.5cm when located above the ground floor.
  • Have window latches/locks fitted to stop windows opening more than 12.5cm or guards to protect the opening (see Kids Don’t Fly Window Safety Product Guide).
  • Keep beds and other furniture away from windows, so that children cannot leverage them to access windows.
  • Do not rely on flyscreens to prevent a child falling out of a window.
  • Teach your children to play away from windows.
  • Always supervise your children.

 

Are you ready to keep your children safe from window falls?

Be prepared by familiarising yourself with the Window Safety Tips and Window Safety Checklist from the Australian Window Association.

Whether your home is new or existing, contact our professional team for an obligation-free quote for window security for your home.

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