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The Capri, Treeby, WA

The logical way to prevent children falling from windows while still maintaining good natural light and ventilation in a home is to install KidScreen Window Fall Prevention Screens.

Builders of new homes face a multitude of regulations when it comes to ensuring homes are well built but none can be more important than ensuring they are creating a place where children will be safe. For one builder of new homes in Perth, the answer is simple: they encourage the selection of KidScreen Window Fall Prevention Screens for all new two-storey homes.

Specialising in creating affordable two storey homes on smaller blocks, 101 Residential Homes recently completed this new home called The Capri, in Treeby WA (pictured). The popular residential building firm is an avid user of KidScreen systems for their projects as they recognise the multiple benefits the screens provide to their clients.

When building a new home, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) states that if an openable window is more than four metres above the surface below, a barrier or balustrade must be included. The solution can be either a lock, which restricts how far the window can open, or screens. While locks are effective and appropriate for some situations, they minimise the ability to use passive cooling ventilation methods. If a screen is preferred, it must be more than a fly screen, so it is sufficient to prevent falls.

KidScreen is the ideal solution for such homes as they satisfy safety concerns without impacting on light, ventilation and views. Developed by Alspec to specifically address the issue of children falling from windows, KidScreen may look similar to a standard fly screen, but has all the safety credentials required to prevent falls. It has been proven to protect children by withstanding pressure and outward force tests as prescribed in Australian Standards and in line with the National Construction Code.

Made from either stainless steel 316 grade mesh or heavily reinforced polyester, KidScreen has been tested and certified to satisfy the Australian Standard for Protection of Openable Windows (AS5203). It is a practical solution for both new build and retrofit situations, being easy to install and able to be customised to match a building’s design. It comes with a seven year warranty, when installed by a certified licensed installer.

The inclusion of KidScreen window protection provides new home owners with the necessary safety features without restricting the window opening, allowing them to take full advantage of airflow, while enjoying complete peace of mind when it comes to the safety of their children.

Pictured: The Capri in Treeby, WA, featuring KidScreen window fall prevention screens on the upper level bedroom windows

Builder: 101 Residential
Fabricator: Glass Co Metro WA

Products Used:
KidScreen Child Fall Prevention Screens