Window safety is changing for strata properties.
From 13 March 2018, strata groups will need to have safety devices fitted to openable windows where:
- The internal floor is more than 2 metres above the outside surface (ground, deck etc); and
- The window is less than 1.7 metres above the inside floor (i.e. too high for children to reach).
The safety device needs to:
- Have the capacity to restrict the maximum window opening to 12.5 cm (it can still be fully opened or closed); and
- Withstand 25 kilograms of force (250 newtons to be technical).
The chosen device(s) can be attached to the window frame or be a strong bar, as long as the above requirements are met.
Applicable windows include those in common areas, such as hallways and stairwell landings.
As a resident, you can choose to still fully open these windows, however, if children are present, the safety device should be in use.
You can learn more about this important change on the NSW Fair Trading page.
If you have further queries, whether you’re planning on purchasing a property in a strata group, contact us via email@example.com (0414 894 031) or firstname.lastname@example.org (0488 325 980) to discuss.