A baby or young child can become entangled in curtain or blind cords in seconds. This can happen when cords are too long or end in a loop. If a child slips, moves quickly or plays with a cord, the cord can act like a noose and strangle the child.
Babies can reach through cot slats, grab a nearby blind or curtain cord and pull it into the cot and around their necks.
Young children can accidentally strangle on dangling cords after climbing onto a bed or other pieces of furniture.Steps for protecting children
Follow these simple steps to keep blind and curtain cords out of children's reach, particularly children under 6 years old:
Important - If you are buying new made-to-measure blinds or curtains, ask the supplier to show you what safety features are available and make sure you use them.
A national mandatory standard regulating the supply of ‘corded internal window coverings’ applies to retailers and other suppliers. From 1 January 2015, a second national mandatory standard imposes requirements on people or companies who install corded internal window coverings, in trade or commerce, to bring installations in line with existing requirements for suppliers of these products. Find out more from the Product Safety Australia Blinds, curtains and window fittings page.
Before you start, check that your blinds will still work with cut cords and that it won't void your warranty.
Note: Pull-cords on certain vertical blinds or curtains require a continuous loop to work and cannot be cut. For these types of blinds or curtains, you will need to install a safety device that will secure the cords out of reach from children.
Contact your local blind supplier or hardware store to find out what safety devices are suitable for your blinds. You can also visit www.productsafety.gov.au and download the 'Blind and curtain cord safety alert' brochure.
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