Each year, around 50 children fall from windows or balconies in Australia. Many suffer serious injuries. Sometimes these falls are fatal.
To help prevent the incidence of falls, the NSW Government has developed a broad range of measures.
These law reforms include:
- an amendment to the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 to require owners corporations to install safety devices on all windows that present a safety risk to young children. It will have a 5-year implementation period
- amendments to allow individual strata owners to install window safety devices regardless of the by-laws of a scheme
- an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010 to include window safety devices in the prescribed condition report for rental premises.
For further information, safety tips and a short video about the simple things you can do around your home to prevent these falls, vist NSW Government Fair Trading Window and balcony safety
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) Working Party for the Prevention of Children Falling from Residential Buildings released a report with recommendations about how to address this issue.
The outcomes report is available on the Kids Don't Fly page on the CHW website.