The safety of your children at home is of the utmost importance.
Window restrictors narrow the open width of the window through which children may fall.
The government has made it compulsory to have window restrictors fitted since 1st July 2017.
Since 1st July 2017, all rented properties must also be compliant with Housing Standards for Rented Houses, which include installation of restrictors.
Government Building Standards require restrictors to be installed in all properties and including rental properties from 1st July 2017.
Prevention of falls from windows 2.7
- In dwellings where a window has an opening section through which a person may fall, (having particular regard to children under five years old) and is more than 1400 mm above external ground level, suitable safety restrictors should be provided.
- Safety restrictors should restrain the window sufficiently to prevent such falls. Restrictors can be either an integral part of the window operating gear or separate items of hardware which can be fitted to a window at the time of manufacture or at installation. Restrictors should operate so that they limit the initial movement of an opening section to not more than 100 mm.
- Note: Lockable handles or restrictors, which can only be released by removable keys or other tools, should not be fitted to window opening sections required for escape purposes.
- As of 1st July 2017, rental properties must be compliant with The Housing Standards for Rented Houses
You can access the relevant Government publications Here