Blind and Curtain Cords

Blind and Curtain Cords

Blind and Curtain Cords

Loose blind and curtain cords can kill
Fix them out of reach so kids are out of danger

Blind and curtain cord hazards

Loose blind and curtain cords/chains—particularly those with loops—are dangerous. Children have died when the loop went over their head or they got tangled in loose cords while:

  • sleeping in a cot or bed where cords are hanging
  • playing near cords
  • standing on a chair, sofa or bed to look out a window.

Children do not understand that a cord/chain wrapped around their neck can tighten and strangle them in just a few minutes if they sit down, roll around or climb down to the floor.

Between 2001 and 2008 at least 11 children have died in this way. Nine of these were children under three years of age. In the US, a child aged between seven months and 10 years dies each month after being strangled on curtain and blind cords.

Steps for protecting children

Take these four simple steps to ensure that blind and curtain cords/chains are out of reach of children, particularly from children under six.

1. Check your blind and curtain cords

Check for loose or looped cords that your child can reach from the floor or by climbing on furniture. Immediately tie cords out of reach and move away any furniture children might climb on to reach them. Do this anywhere you are staying, including
on holiday.

2. Secure your cords out of reach

Buy cleats or tensioning devices for securing cords from a hardware store or curtain and blind shop. Use screws to fix each cleat or tensioning device in a place that is out of reach of children. Never secure these devices with materials that may fail when a load is placed on them, such as double-sided tape or glue.

If you cannot fix your unsafe cords and chains out of reach yourself, get a reliable tradesperson to do it for you. If you are renting your home, seek help from your landlord or agent.

3. Choose safe blinds and curtains

Buy new curtains and blinds which:

  • comply with the national mandatory standard
  • have warning labels to remind you of dangers to children
  • provide a way to secure cords/chains so there are no loops or strands that children can reach, or
  • operate without exposed cords/chains.

4. Keep children away from all cords/chains
Move anything a young child can sit in, stand or climb on (like cots, highchairs, beds, sofas, tables, chairs and bookshelves) away from cords/chains—even those tied around a cleat, as your child may be able to untie them. Do not let children play near cords/chains they can reach. Never leave children alone in a room with cords/chains they can reach.

Further information

For more information about mandatory standards, bans, recalls and emerging issues—and to subscribe to email alerts and RSS feeds—visit our websites:

www.productsafety.gov.au
www.recalls.gov.au
ACCC Infocentre: 1300 302 502

Callers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can contact the ACCC through the National Relay Service:
www.relayservice.com.au

Voice-only (speak and listen) users phone: 1300 555 727 and ask for 1300 302 502.

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