Twenty-five years ago this year, rock star Eric Clapton suffered the tragic loss of a son.
The legacy was the Grammy winning ballad Tears In Heaven and a renewed awareness of window safety around young children.
In 2013, the New South Wales Legislative Assembly passed a law that strata communities must install window safety locks on all windows above the ground floor. This law becomes mandatory on 13 March 2018.
Let’s look at the specifics:
Regulation 31 of the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Child Window Safety Devices) Act 2013 requires the installation of a screen, lock or a window safety device which must meet all of the following:
The above requirements apply to windows that meet all of the following:
SSKB recommends that NSW strata communities don’t wait until the requirements become mandatory but to act now to ensure children who live or who are staying in multi-storey residential apartments are safe. Your community manager can arrange a complete safety report which will make recommendations and give peace-of-mind that your community meets the requirements that helps keep children safe.
We also recommend Owners Corporations consider reflecting the new legislation in their By-Laws so as to indemnify them should a lot owner make any alterations to the windows within their lot that are not in accordance with the legislation.
Owners Corporations need to be aware that in accordance with the Part 2 Section 64A (1) Window Safety Devices – Child Safety of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996, “An owners corporation of a strata scheme to which this section applies must ensure that there are complying window safety devices for all windows of each building in the strata scheme that are windows to which this section applies.”
We encourage you to contact your SSKB Community Manager for further information.