In the next five years, all windows above the ground floor in the prevailing residential strata schemes are required to fit locks or safety devices aimed at protecting children against falls. The windows should not open more than 2.5 centimeters and should have a safety lock to ensure this.
''Some owners and tenants will already have safety devices fitted to their windows but this will ensure any child living in or visiting an apartment above the ground floor will be safe," a minister said.
In the last one year, as many as 39 children below nine years have been hospitalized after falling from apartment windows.
The new buildings henceforth will have to follow this guideline for the windows to ensure safety of children. The older buildings will be given some time before which the changes to the windows will have to be made.