Looped curtain and blind cords pose a significant strangulation hazard for children as they can place the loop over their head and/or get tangled in the loose cords.
At least 15 young children have died as a result in Australia since the early 1990s, including two in Victoria in 2009.
What can I do to make my curtain and blind cords safe?
The mandatory standard for blinds, curtains and window fittings (in place from 30th December 2010) requires all new window furnishings to come with warning labels and to be installed with tensioning devices. However, as this standard is not retrospective, curtain and blinds that were installed prior to 2010 still need to be made safe.
Depending on the types of curtains/blinds that you have in your home, there are various kits and devices that can help you to make them safe. These can be purchased from your local hardware store or curtain and blind retailer. Consumer Affairs Victoria have free curtain and blind cord kits that are suitable for roller blinds with looped cords and wooden window frames – please see below for more information on the kits and how to order yours today.
Consumer Affairs Victoria curtain and blind cord safety kit
Consumer Affairs Victoria have a free safety kit containing a device that tensions looped cords to a window frame so they are no longer loose, reducing the likelihood of strangulation. The safety kits are suitable for roller blinds with looped cords and wooden window frames.
For more information on the free safety kits or to order one for your home, please visit: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/products-and-services/product-safety/curtain-and-blind-cord-safety
- Check all the rooms in your house for any blinds or curtains with long cords that are either loose or looped. This includes any cords that are within children’s reach at floor level or near furniture they can climb on.
- Secure any lose or looped cords with cleats or tension devices – these can be purchased from your local curtain and blind retailer or hardware store.
- Do not put furniture such as cots, beds, highchairs, playpens, couches, chairs, tables or bookshelves near a window where children can reach the blind or curtain cord.
- When installing new blinds and curtains, make sure you or the installer secures any loose or looped cords immediately.