Beware of Curtain Cords and Blinds

Tuesday 16 Apr 2019

Every year, toddlers and young children worldwide become entangled in curtain cords or unsecured blind chains. A mandatory safety standard for blinds has been in place since 2004. The most recent standard, which was introduced in 2010, requires blinds and curtains to have the necessary installation instructions, warning labels and tags. It’s important that any loose or looped cords are secured so they can’t hang down, where children can reach them. If possible, looped cords should be removed by cutting the cord and installing tassels. Looped cords can also be kept out of children’s reach with tie downs (cleats) or tension devices that enclose cords and chain loops. You can securely affix tie downs or tension devices to the wall or window frame to prevent a child from removing them. Ideally however, it’s better to install curtains or blinds without cords or chains. Safety checks of window coverings are now considered as important as other items like pools fences, gas appliances, timber balconies and smoke detectors.