The New South Wales Parliament has introduced a piece of legislation that should reduce the number of children who fall out of windows in strata buildings.

The Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Child Window Safety Devices) Bill 2013 was passed by Minister for Fair Trading, Anthony Roberts, on September 24.

He said the legislation should “help improve child safety in the home” and will go a long way toward limiting the number of children who fall out of windows and are killed or injured as a result.

The Bill now states that Owners’ Corporations must install safety devices on all windows that a child could potentially fall out of.

These safety devices, explained Mr Roberts, will allow any windows above ground-floor level to open a maximum of 12.5 centimetres

Owners’ Corporations must also enables residents to “install safety devices regardless of the by-laws of the strata scheme”.

“Residents will still be able to open their windows as they do now,” assured Mr Roberts.

“However, they will have the security of knowing that when the lock is engaged, children in their care will be protected from a tragic accident”.

Tim McKibbin, chief executive officer of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW) welcomed this piece of legislation in a September 24 statement.

Those who own strata buildings will no doubt share Mr McKibbin’s sentiments toward the Bill, as they would toward any legislation minimising risk of accidents in their property.

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