Safety at Home:Security Screen Safety Tips
Determine your family’s emergency escape plan and practice it. Remember when you have security screens installed, that windows may provide a secondary means of escape from a burning home. Ensure at least one window in the room has a release mechanism on the security screen.
Remember that children may have to rely on a window with a security screen to escape in a fire. Some homes may have security bars, grilles or shutters covering their windows. Those windows are useless in an emergency if the devices on them do not have a functioning release mechanism. Select screens with overriding devices that can be released by an adult or ensure you have a product that has an emergency egress feature and teach the family to safely use an emergency egress device in an emergency.
Ensure keys to all security door locks are readily accessible to enable escape form the home if required. Deadlocks, if engaged, will stop you from opening the security door without a key.
Keeping children in and unwanted guests out
Keep your security doors closed and locked when children are around to stop them leaving the home and to impede any unwanted guests from entering the home.
Check that your security products meet Australian Standards or you may not be getting the protection you thought you were.
Protection from falls
Keep furniture — or anything children can climb — away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid. If a window is accessible by a child and the window is not restricted, ensure that tested compliant security screens are fitted to stop your child from accidentally falling through. Remember a standard flyscreen is not made to protect your child from falling through a window.
Bush fire safety
Are you in a bush fire area? Check that your screens meet the local bushfire regulations and the Australian Standard. Flyscreens can burn in a bush fire and can be the cause of your home burning.
Where do you get the right products?
Contact your local National Security Screen Association (NSSA) member for information and guidance on the right product to use for all situations. NSSA members comply with Australian Standards and are part of an independent third party accreditation scheme subject to annual factory inspections to ensure products conform.