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Blind and curtain cords

Low-hanging blind and curtain cords are a strangulation risk to young children.

Think safety first with these helpful tips.

Safety standards

The mandatory supply standard prescribes requirements for the labelling of the product and packaging.

Find out more about the blinds, curtains and window coverings supply and installation standards.

Keep out of reach

Make sure children can’t reach any blind or curtain cords, especially if they stand on furniture.

Don’t let cords dangle into or near children’s equipment. This includes:

  • cots (or portable cots)
  • high chairs
  • playpens
  • anything else your child sits on, lies in or climbs on.

Avoid low-hanging cords

Make sure the bottom of any blind or curtain cord is at least 160cm above the floor. Wrap blind cords securely around a hook attached high on the wall.

Install safety devices

For older blinds, install a cord tensioning device, such as cord holders and wind-ups, to hold the cord tight against a wall. Alternatively, retrofit the blind or curtain cord with breakaway tassels.

Safety products can be bought from hardware or curtain shops.

Seek advice

New blinds must meet safety standards and be installed according to the installation instructions on any retail packaging for the covering.

Installation

If you have your blinds or window coverings professionally installed, the installation must meet safety standards. They must also be installed according to the instructions on any retail packaging for the covering.

The corded internal window covering must be installed in a way that ensures a loose cord cannot form a loop 220mm or longer at or less than 1,600mm above floor level.

Labelling

A person installing a corded internal window covering must also attach a label to it containing the name and contact details of the person or company responsible for the installation.

They must not remove any warning label or swing tag supplied with the corded internal window covering.