Tuesday, February 13 2018
From the 13th March, 2018 certain windows in strata buildings will have to be fitted with safety devices to restrict them opening more than 12.5cm.
Does this mean I can no longer open my windows? No. If the locks allow the windows to fully open and close and also to lock at less than 12.5cm, they will comply with the legislation. The locks should be engaged when children are inside the property.
If I have bars or grills, do I still need safety locks? If the gaps between the bars or grills are less than 12.5cm, they may comply with the legislation but they must be robust and childproof.
What if the devices aren’t installed by the 13th March, 2018? Owners Corporations may face fines if they don’t comply with the legislation when it comes into effect.
What can I do? Find out if your Owners Corporation have arranged for the locks to be installed or if you need to do this yourself. More information can be found in the NSW Fair Trading website.