According to the ACCC regulation and statistics*, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of non-compliant corded blinds and curtains.
Being a family owned and operated business we understand the importance of Child Safety regulation when it comes to Blinds and loose cords. JHS has taken the time to prepare a safety checklist for anyone who is concerned.
A how-to-guide in keeping your kids safe from loose Blind cords in Regulation with Australian Law according to the ACCC.
- When choosing your new set of Indoor Blinds, look for cordless or secure cord style Blinds (Motorisation)
- As per regulation, it is important to make sure cots, beds, highchairs and playpens are placed away from blind or curtain cords. Ensure inaccessible to infants at all times.
- Children like to climb furniture and look for adventure. All cords throughout the house should be secured and out of reach of children. You can purchase cord Cleats from JHS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact us today!
- When installing your new blinds make sure the installer has secured any loose or looped cords. Do not leave them hanging down. JHS never leaves a job until this is done!
- Accidental strangulation can happen very quickly. Never leave children alone in rooms where cords are unsecured if you’re visiting someone’s home. Not even for a short while.
- Always fix tie-downs and tension devices firmly to the wall or window-frame. Ensure children are not able to remove them. Never use materials that can’t support a significant load. Whether it is double-sided tape or glue.
- If you are living in a rental property, seek help from your landlord or agent to ensure cords and chains are out of reach and withing Australian regulation.
*The above information was supplied by the Australian product safety government website. The statistics were taken from June 2016.