Are your windows child safe?
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in NSW reported that from 1998 to 2011 there have been 113 young children admitted after falling from windows.
To reduce such incidents the National Construction Code now requires window barriers to openable windows where the sill is less than 1.7m above floor level and the floor below the window is more than 2m above the surface beneath, effective from May 2013.
These new rules apply for all windows in early childhood centres and in habitable rooms in residential buildings. Windows are to be either fitted with a screen or have the window opening limited to 125mm.
Paarhammer windows can be made to tilt only. The tilting function means that the window tilts in from the top like a hopper window for excellent ventilation and can be restricted to less than 125mm. Only after a key is used to unlock the window can it than be opened sideways to the inside for easy cleaning.