Are the Windows in Your Two-Storey Home Fall Safe?
Australian building regulations now prevent upper-level windows with a fall of two meters or more from being able to fully open unless adequate protection is in place. Introduced in May 2013, these requirements have been put in place to reduce the risk of falling and prevent upper-level windows from being opened further than a tiny 125mm unless the window has been fitted with security mesh.
Unfortunately, statistics show that a child is injured due to a fall from a balcony or house window every week in Australia. If your multi-level house was built or renovated before 2013, it may not be safe. There are two options for securing windows: a window restrictor, designed to prevent a window from being opened further than 125mm; or a security mesh screen. Security screens allow the window to be fully opened, ensuring the room can be properly ventilated with fresh air without putting anyone in danger of suffering a catastrophic fall.
Security mesh: Not just for stopping intruders
Security mesh is designed to withstand considerable force and keep out intruders armed with tools, but it is also perfect for keeping people and pets in the home if they fall against it. All Jim’s Security Door’ security mesh has passed or exceeded Australian Standards requirements and has been tested to ensure that it will stand up to considerable pressure.
Why is security mesh a better option than window restrictors?
Security mesh is a better option than window restrictors for several reasons. Firstly, it allows the window to still be opened which means your household will be able to enjoy the fresh air and ventilate upstairs rooms naturally, whereas window restrictors only allow the window to open a tiny 125mm. Secondly, security mesh will protect your home from intruders, whereas window restrictors leave your home vulnerable to a break-in unless the windows are closed and locked. Thirdly, security mesh will protect your home from insects, whereas you will still need to install flywire with window restrictors to avoid letting flies and mosquitoes into your house.
Can I use flywire mesh instead?
No! Security mesh is made from steel or aluminum, but flyscreen mesh is typically made from fiberglass, nylon or PVC-coated polyester. It is great for keeping flies out but not suitable for much else and doesn’t have the strength or durability of security mesh. Flyscreen will also leave your windows in violation of the building code which states that to be considered adequate the screen needs to be able to withstand 25kg of pressure. Security mesh will have far superior strength and longevity than traditional Flywire which can easily rip or break, even with gentle usage.
How should I install security mesh?
Security mesh should be professionally installed to ensure it functions correctly and has been properly measuring and fitted to enable it to protect your household from intruders or potentially devastating falls. Jim’s Security Doors offers a free measure-and-quote service. Contact our sales team on 13 15 46 for expert advice on which security mesh is best for your property.
What else can I do to protect my household from falls at home?
- If upper-level windows are not fitted with a restrictor or security mesh, don’t open them;
- Keep any furniture, including beds and chairs, away from upper-level windows to ensure that children aren’t able to use them to reach unsecured windows;
- Never rely on flyscreens as a safety measure;
- Teach your children to always be cautious near windows; and
- Always ensure young children are supervised.
For more information about Jim’s Security Doors. Or for expert advice on installing security mesh on windows at your property, please contact our experienced sales team on 13 15 46.