Corded Internal Window Coverings

Keeping Children Safe

Blind and curtain cords are 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 easily 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.

Requirements

The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards as part of the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard – Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010 mandates all owners / landlords to comply from 1 July 2011.

Checking and Rectification

All residential and commercial premises that have any corded internal window coverings must have the cords fitted with the prescribed safety devices and warning labels. PCA not only checks corded window coverings, but we also rectify them to meet your owner’s legal obligations. Non-compliance carries fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for companies, on top of potential claims for compensation.