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Child Window Safety

Know how to keep kids safe around windows?  

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

NSW Fair Trading has two great new YouTube videos on child window safety, presented by DIY guru and TV personality Rob Palmer. These bite-sized videos deliver a simple yet vital message – window locks could save your child’s life and can be easy and cheap to install!

Watch Window locks save lives [Link: http://youtu.be/9rdtXxzXhqo] and How to install window locks [Link: http://youtu.be/2qD-PmC7i4A] on YouTube today.

These videos are essential viewing for all parents and grandparents. They provide:

·         simple tips on how to prevent falls from windows and balconies in your home

·         easy step-by-step instruction on how to install window locks, and more.  

Remember, don’t be fooled by fly screens – they are not strong enough to stop your child falling out of an open window. Toddlers aged between 2 and 4 are most at risk of window falls because they’re top heavy and are too young to judge potential danger.

For more handy tips on keeping your kids safe around windows and balconies including a brochure, checklist and product guide, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au

Did you know proposed new laws were announced by NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts on 18 Sep 2013 aimed at preventing children falling from windows? They would introduce requirements for owners corporations in strata buildings to install safety devices on all common property windows above the ground floor. For more details, visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au