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From 23-30 June, the ACCC will be participating in an international program to raise awareness of the hazards associated with corded window coverings.

Global Awareness-raising Campaign on Corded Window Coverings 23-30 June 2016

The campaign will alert parents and carers to the hidden dangers associated with corded window coverings. Children can be strangled if they become entangled in the cord forming a loop around their neck. Strangulation happens quickly and silently.

Join in the campaign on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtags #Safewindowcoverings and #safecurtains

Blind and curtain cords can present a strangulation hazard to children, as they may become entangled in them while trying to use, or play around window coverings. Even with raised coverings, children can climb onto window sills or furniture and access cords. Cords can also strangle infants sleeping or playing in cots placed near windows where cords are within reach or hanging into cots.

Young children often like to climb onto furniture to look out the window. If they can reach the cords, they may quickly become entangled in them, lose their footing and suffer strangulation or serious injuries.

Accidental strangulation can happen very quickly, so never leave children alone in these rooms, even for a short while.

Bans

Bans

 

Mandatory Standards

Mandatory Standards

 

The mandatory standard for internal blinds, curtains and window fittings (corded internal window coverings) was declared on 8 July 2010 and applies to relevant blinds, curtains and some fittings supplied after 30 December 2010. The mandatory standard that deals with the installation services of window coverings was made on 28 March 2014 and came into effect on 1 January 2015.
Recalls

Recalls

Check www.recalls.gov.au for any recalls related to this page.

Alerts

Loose or looped cords near cots can accidentally strangle and kill small children. Babies have died from being strangled in blind, curtain and electrical cords they accessed in their cots. There are simple steps you can take when preparing baby's sleep area to make sure it's safe from these hazards.

Legal cases and undertakings

Date commenced: 17th September 2013
Bunnings Group Limited supplied Matchstick roman style indoor blinds (Matchstick Blinds) that did not comply with the relevant mandatory product safety standard.

Videos

NSW Fair Trading and TV personality and DIY guru, Rob Palmer, shows the simple steps you can take around your home to prevent small children falling out of windows and balconies.

Statistics

  • 1-2 Australian children die each year after being strangled by blind or curtain cords
  • since 2001, there have been at least 21 deaths in Australia
  • in the US, a child aged between 7 months and 10 years dies each month after being strangled on curtain and blind cords.

 

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