This article about the ongoing maintenance of child window safety devices has been supplied by Anthony Shakar, ASQB Window Safety.
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As the March 2018 deadline for window safety approaches, countless strata managers are arranging their window safety upgrades. Many are also inquiring/ planning their ongoing maintenance and annual inspection schedules.
While most within the industry recognise that the ongoing maintenance of child window safety devices are the responsibility of the owners corporation, a few believe the issue to be a grey area.
For these few, and the strata community in general, ASQB has put together the following information.
Why Annual Compliance Checks are Important
Once a fall prevention device is attached to a window, it becomes a fixture and part of common property. As a result, the owners’ corporation is responsible for maintaining all fall prevention devices to a standard required by legislation.
Over time, child window safety devices can fail to work effectively causing a window to become non-compliant. The most efficient and effective way to ensure all devices remain in good working order is to carry out an annual compliance check. This will enable any faulty devices to be regularly identified, and rectified, whilst also maintaining a detailed record for the building, thereby minimising any risk.
Maintaining a safe environment for young children is paramount, so it is important that devices are regularly tested and maintained to ensure their effectiveness. Doing so will prevent any serious injuries from occurring, and will ultimately save lives.
How Can a Window Become Non-compliant?
It can be hard to monitor the way in which fall prevention devices are being used by the occupants of individual dwellings, therefore highlighting the importance of carrying out a regular audit. The following are some of the most common ways a window may become non-compliant:
- Misuse of a device, leaving it unable to operate as intended
- Removal of a device, leaving the window unrestricted
- Damage to device, leaving it unable to operate effectively
- Missing keys, leaving the child window safety devices non-compliant
What Does a Window Compliance Check Involve
- The assessment of each window safety device throughout the property, as well as the general condition of each affected window. Each window safety device will be checked in accordance with the Strata Schemes Management Regulations – Child Window Safety.
- Updated Certification issued for each unit. This will include detailed photos for reference.
- If required, on the spot maintenance/ replacement of non-compliant window safety device (time permitting)
Annual Compliance Checks For Your Child Window Safety Devices
As an industry leader in window safety compliance, our specialised services include the ongoing testing, maintenance, and annual re-inspection of fall prevention devices.
Annual re-inspections ensure that your windows will remain compliant with legislation, whilst also maintaining a safe environment for young children.
For all your window safety requirements, contact ASQB Window Safety.
This post appears in Strata News #155.
Are you interested in more information about the ongoing maintenance of child window safety devices or other strata information particular to NSW? Visit our FactSheet: Maintenance and Common Property OR FactSheet: Strata Legislation NSW