Did you know that on average, each year, up to 10 children are admitted on hospitals after falling from a window in NSW? To remediate that and decrease this statistic, in 2018 the window locks became mandatory as per the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015.

In a world full of potential hazards, ensuring that our children are protected is a responsibility we cannot afford to overlook. Among the numerous safety measures, safety lock devices on windows play a crucial role in keeping curious little ones away from harm. However, the effectiveness of these locks’ hinges on their proper installation and functionality.

This is where Archi-QS child lock safety audits step in, offering a vital layer of protection and peace of mind for families and the strata community across Australia.

Understanding Child Lock Safety Audits

Child lock safety audits involve thorough assessments of the effectiveness and reliability of safety lock devices installed in strata properties. Our staff conducts these audits to identify potential weaknesses or malfunctions in the locks and pressure-test each openable window, ensuring they meet the required safety standards.

What Types of Windows are Considered High-Risk?

  • Windows that can be opened and are less than 1.7 metres above the floor of the home.
  • Where the floor is 2 metres or more above the ground outside.

Why are Child Lock Safety Audits Important?

  1. Prevention of Accidents: Most children who fall out of windows at height are under 5 years old. By identifying and rectifying any issues with safety lock devices, these audits significantly reduce the risk of unintended injuries or incidents.
  2. Compliance with Regulations: In Australia, there are stringent regulations such as the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 and the Residential Tenancies Act 2010, outlining the responsibilities of property owners and landlords to ensure the safety of tenants, including compliance with child safety lock regulations. Conducting yearly audits ensures that strata properties comply with these regulations, thereby upholding the highest safety standards for children.
  3. Peace of Mind for Parents: For parents and caregivers, knowing that their child locks have been audited and deemed secure provides invaluable peace of mind. It allows them to go about their daily lives with confidence, knowing that their children are protected from potential dangers within their environment.

The Process of Child Lock Safety Audits

During a child lock safety audit, our staff meticulously inspects all aspects of safety devices, including their installation, functionality, and durability. We pressure-test all openable windows within common and private property to determine the compliance of the opening control devices.

Any issues identified during the audit are registered on the report along with a management plan. This plan equips building managers with the necessary information to promptly address any identified issues and implement control measures to comply.

Ultimately, investing in child lock safety audits annually is an investment in the well-being and protection of our most precious assets: our children.

Let’s ensure that every child grows up in a safe and secure environment, free from preventable accidents or harm. Contact us today at admin@archi-qs.com.au to order a Child Safety Lock Audit for the buildings you manage.