Window and balcony safety

Each year, around 50 children fall from windows or balconies in Australia. Many suffer serious injuries or worse, these falls can be fatal.

Safety tips

Here are some simple tips to help keep kids safe:

  • Don’t be fooled by fly screens, they are designed to keep insects out, not your kids in.
  • Install window safety devices on all above ground floor windows within a child's reach. When the safety device is engaged, it will not open more than 12.5cm.
  • Keep furniture away from windows and the edge of balconies to prevent children climbing up and falling off. Beware of light furniture that children can move around.
  • If you rent, you must get written permission from your landlord before you drill into the window panel. Landlords cannot refuse permission unless they have a very good reason.

Window locks

All above ground windows need to have safety locks installed by 13 March 2018. Visit the window safety device requirements page or call 13 32 20 for more information.

Making an alteration

Go to the asking to make an alteration page for more information about making minor changes to your home.

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