Child safety is paramount when installing corded internal window coverings. Please read this guide to ensure that your child or any other child that comes into your home/office is at no risk of harming herself or himself.
What are corded internal window coverings?
Under the mandatory standard, corded internal window coverings are window coverings that can be used inside a building and are either:
- Window coverings, such as curtains or blinds, with a cord
- Fittings used with a window covering which have a cord (e.g. traverse rods or tracks
Examples of window coverings include:
What are the hazards?
Tragically, up to two children in Australia die in homes every year as a result of non-compliant corded internal window coverings.
The ACCC has identiﬁed a major hazard associated with blind and curtain cords.
Children can become entangled in blind or curtain cords if they try to use, play with or play around window coverings. Even where windows are set high into the wall, children can climb onto windowsills or furniture, such as sofas or bookshelves, to access the cords on the window coverings. Cords or looped cords can become tangled around a child’s neck can VERY QUICKLY lead to strangulation.
Loose cords can also strangle infants sleeping or playing in cots placed near a window where cords are within reach or hanging into the cot.
Examples of hazardous situations
Guidelines for installing window coverings safely
- Make sure that all cords are secured or out of reach. Cords can be secured by using a cleat or a cord guide (see below). Again, make sure these devices are out of reach
- Do not place your child’s cot, bed, playpen or highchair near any window that has window coverings on it
- Do not place any chairs, couches, tables shelves or bookcases close to any window coverings as children may climb on these and reach the cords
- Do not leave children alone in rooms where cords are not secured when you are visiting someone else’s home or office space. Strangulation can happen very quickly so never leave them alone, even for a short period of time
For more information on how to install your child safety items such as cleats and cord guides, please refer to our installation guide.