Are your Blind Cords a potential killer?
At Al’s Blinds, we take Child Safety very seriously.
Please read the following information to help keep your family safe.
Curtains and blinds safety
Low hanging blind and curtain cords pose a serious risk of strangling small children. A child can put their head in the loop created by a blind or curtain cord. If the child then falls or tries to sit down, they can hang themselves in the loop. The Qld Government blind regulations are very strict concerning safety with blind cords. These regulations help to ensure that your blind cords are not a potential killer.
Since 2000, at least 10 Australian children have died in this way.
All new internal blinds, curtains and window fittings must follow a mandatory safety standard. Despite this, many of the blinds, curtains and shades in Queensland homes are still unsafe.
Step by step guide.
QLD Government has published a step by step guide for reducing the risks associated with corded blinds that are useful for lessors and tenants.
Follow these 7 easy steps
- Step 1—Keep away from children
Make sure children can’t reach any blind or curtain cords.
- Step 2—Don’t have low-hanging cords
Make sure the bottom of any blind or curtain cord is at least 160 cm above the floor.
- Step 3—Keep away from children’s equipment
Don’t let cords dangle into or near children’s equipment. This includes:
-cots (or portable cots)
-anything else your child sits on lies in or climbs on.
- Step 4—Keep away from furniture
Make sure your child can’t reach the blind or curtain cord if they climb on the furniture.
- Step 5—Wrap cords on a hook
If you have low-hanging cords:
-attach a hook to the wall out of the reach of your children
-wrap the cord around the hook
-Don’t let the cord dangle less than 160 cm from the floor.
- Step 6—Install safety devices
Vertical blinds often come with tensioning devices. These weigh down and bundle your cords so that loops don’t easily form.
If your cords don’t come with tensioning devices, consider installing them yourselves.
- Step 7—Consider other products
There are other mechanisms that you can use. If you’re installing blinds, ask Al’s Blinds about using ‘blind wands’
Every blind supplied and installed by Al’s Blinds always meets or exceeds Qld Government blind regulations.
Please click on the links below for more information.
Queensland Government Blind Regulations
Read more about the Qld Government Blind Regulations.
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We here at Al’s Blinds consider child safety extremely important. If you need to find out more please contact us. You can do this by calling us on 0403 163 037 or visit our “Contact page” and send us a message.
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