When is fall prevention required for windows?

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When customers visit the Wideline showroom, we often find there is some confusion about when fall prevention is required for windows. What’s even worse is when people are not aware of fall prevention regulations and find that their windows are restricted when they come to open them for the first time!

Whether you or your builder are ordering your windows, it’s important that you understand the regulations in place and the options you have. That way you can make the best window protection choice for your circumstances, and instruct your builder of your choices if necessary.

Fall prevention and openable window restrictions are a requirement of the National Construction Code (NCC) which have been developed to prevent or minimise the risk a child falling through an open window. Let’s walk you through when fall prevention is required for your windows:

When you do need window protection or restriction:

  • The window is in a bedroom, child care centre or in a NSW Strata Scheme Unit with the outside fall height being more than 2 meters and the window is within 1700mm of the floor with the lowest part of the window opening within 865mm from the floor level.
  • Note: If the lowest part of the window opening is not within 865mm of the floor level, but there are climbable elements between 150mm and 760mm, then a child restraint restriction is required.
  • If the fall height is more than 4 meters and the lowest part of the opening is within 865mm of the floor level.
  • Note: If the lowest part of the window opening is not within 865mm of the floor, but there are climbable elements between 150m m and 760mm then a permanent restriction is required.

Recommended fall prevention strategy

Wideline recommend fall prevention to be implemented by choosing our SafeLine™ fall prevention screens. SafeLine™ fall prevention screens meet the requirements of the NCC while allowing your windows to function as normal.

Without Safeline® fall prevention screens installed in these circumstances, Wideline is required by law to restrict the windows’ opening to 100mm. We believe windows should be able to operate as they were intended, allowing airflow whenever you want, without risking the safety of your family and this is exactly why Wideline developed Safeline® fall prevention screens. Take a closer look at SafeLine™fall prevention screens here.

If you want your family to be even safer, consider SecureLine® security screens used as your window fall prevention screens. SecureLine™security screens can prevent falls from windows, while also preventing intruders getting in to your windows.

When you do not  need window fall prevention or restriction:

  • If your window has a fall height of less than 4m and is not in a bedroom, child care centre or a NSW Strata Scheme Unit, then you are not required by the code to have restrictions on your windows.
  • If your window has a fall height of 4 meters but the lowest part of the opening is not within 865mm of the floor level.
  • If the window is in a bedroom, child care centre or NSW Strata Scheme Unit but has a fall height of less than 2 meters.
  • If the window is in a bedroom, child care centre or NSW Strata Scheme Unit with a fall height more than 2 meters but the window is not within 1700mm of the floor.
  • If the window is in a bedroom, child care centre, NSW Strata Scheme Unit with a fall height of more than 2m, the window within 1700mm of the floor but the lowest part of the opening is not within 865mm of the floor level and there are no climbable elements.

In these circumstances, while the building code does not require windows to have fall prevention measures, you can choose to protect your family with fall prevention screens. Wideline’s fall prevention screens are measured and installed by a professional installer and can be fitted to your whole house. They are good at keeping everyone inside, including pets.

So consider your screen options when choosing your Wideline windows.

Speak to one of our window experts today on 1300 943 354, submit an online quote enquiry, or take a closer look at a Wideline showroom near you.

 


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