Blinds can Kill. Cordaway is the right solution

In the US, Blind Cord strangulation of young children and toddlers has been a significant concern for well over 30 years. The Blind manufacturers have been offering corded blinds for sale on the open market since the 1920’s. In the United Kingdom 4 out of 5 blinds in private homes are still corded blinds. Here in Australia there are literally many millions of corded blinds still in operation in private homes although sales of new corded blinds are much lower.

Its simply the responsible thing to do to ensure the safety of your children using devices of the highest standard. Due for release in the next few months, Cordaway is far and away a superior response than simple plastic cleats. The Cordaway device has a snap on cover with all cords and cord length being contained.

This article from last year states clearly the dangers Blind Cords pose…

3-year-old dies after tragic window blind cord accident


Elsie Mahe, 3, died after accidentally tangling a window blind cord around her neck.

(CNN) Elsie Mahe, the 3-year-old daughter of Brigham Young University running backs coach Reno Mahe, died Tuesday, more than a week after accidentally tangling a window blind cord around her neck. The family shared the update on social media.

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6:03 Our Elsie girl has officially been released to heaven – at least from a worldly, paperwork stand point. Her second neurological death exam was also positive for brain death. We feel peace and we are again so grateful for the privilege of being Elsie's parents. She continues to sprinkle love and hope across the world and I am in awe of the Lord and His marvelous plan for my sweet girl. We will be working closely with the donation team for the next couple of days, so we have a few days to postpone making funeral plans. But as those dates and decisions are made, we will keep you informed. This picture was drawn by my oldest daughter, Evie. Not many people know that a little over a year ago I had a miscarriage. That is the angel waiting behind Christ.

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A week earlier, Elsie was playing with a friend when the incident happened, according to a Facebook page created in support of the Mahe family by one of their neighbors. Her friend ran and told Elsie’s mom, Sunny, who immediately started CPR. She was flown to Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

At the hospital, Elsie was unconscious, sedated and breathing on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. A family friend started a GoFundMe page, which also included updates on Elsie’s condition.

The updates shared how Elsie’s heart rate would drop and she would respond positively when her parents came to sing to her as she remained sedated. There was hope when she began breathing on her own, was taken off sedation and moved her leg when her knee was pinched. But she remained unresponsive.

Reno said that every positive indication was countered with a negative one. While the swelling in her brain reduced, they discovered she had also contracted an unspecified illness and was experiencing seizures. The results from her MRI indicated that her “upper lobes went without oxygen long enough to be devastated,” according to an earlier update from the family.

At times, she was able to breathe on her own, but not for long. She suffered from seizures and was no longer able to breathe without the ventilator Monday night. Doctors gave Elsie a breathing test as well as a neurological death exam, according to her mother.

The family plans to donate her organs in order to save other lives.

“Reno and I wept with gratitude to our Heavenly Father that Elsie would be granted a peaceful passing and would be able to save lives through her physical body still,” Sunny posted on Facebook.

Reno and Sunny have seven other children together. They were both athletes at BYU. Sunny played volleyball and was an All-American freshman, and Reno played football. He spent five seasons in the NFL playing for the Philadelphia Eagles before returning to BYU as a coach this year.

Window covering cords are one of the top hidden dangers in the home, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. In fact, a window-covering strangulation death occurs about once a month. They are dangerous because strangulation can happen quickly and quietly in areas normally thought to be safe, like bedrooms or living rooms. Children as old as 9 have been involved in these incidents.

“Unconsciousness can happen within 15 seconds and death within two to three minutes,” said Kim Dulic, public relations officer for the safety commission. “CPSC is aware of incidents that have occurred while others, including parents, were in the same room.”

Pull cords, looped bead chains, nylon cords, the inner cords of Roman shades and lifting loops of roll-up shades all pose strangulation hazards, according to the commission. These are especially dangerous as children progress from walking to running and climbing.


“The incident data show that children climbed on beds, chairs, tables, and other furniture to interact with the window coverings,” according to a commission staff report on the cords. “In some incidents, children were reportedly imitating superheroes or using the beaded chains as necklaces.”

The commission recommends cordless coverings or those with inaccessible cords around young children. Chairman Elliot Kaye has praised retailers like IKEA, Target and Select Blinds for selling only blinds and shades that are safe for children. Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart have committed to do the same by 2018.

Kaye has been addressing the window covering cord safety issue, which he refers to as a “30-year hidden hazard,” since he became chairman in 2014. This year, the Window Covering Manufacturers Association announced that it would develop a revised standard for window covering safety by the end of this year.
The Parents for Window Blind Safety tweeted condolences to the Mahe family.


To be Kid-Safe, it’s really simple. Fit a Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device and ensure real safety for your family.

Blind Cords Kill

Despite years of talk, window blind cords continue to kill children

After fixing a quick snack for her children one day in October 2013, Erin Shero returned to the downstairs playroom of her suburban Chattanooga, Tenn., home. She wanted to check on the youngest of her five kids, Colton, who was two days away from his second birthday.

Thinking he was asleep, Shero reached down to pick up Colton — only to discover a window blind cord wound tightly around his neck. A medical examiner later determined that Colton was killed in less than a minute.


“My son died in less time than it takes to pop a bag of popcorn,” Shero said.

American children have been dying that way for decades. As far back as 1981, the Consumer Product Safety Commission identified window blind cords as a cause of strangling deaths among children under 5.

Safety commission data shows at least 332 children, most of them under the age of 2, have been fatally strangled by window cords over the last 30 years. An additional 165 have been injured, including some who suffered permanent brain damage or quadriplegia requiring lifelong care and therapy, according to the nonprofit group Parents for Window Blind Safety.

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The safety commission began working with the industry in the 1980s to develop safety measures. Yet officials have scant progress to show for their efforts, with children continuing to die at a rate of almost one a month.

The regulatory standoff highlights weaknesses in the legal mandate of the safety commission to protect consumers — and shows how the window covering industry has exploited that regime to keep agency officials at bay.

Consumer groups have proposed a solution: Ban new blinds with cords if the cords can’t be kept away from children.

Industry officials blame the safety problems largely on consumers who install or maintain their blinds improperly and on parents who don’t do enough to keep their children out of harm’s way.

“We have worked very cooperatively with CPSC over the many years,” said Ralph Vasami, the executive director of the Window Covering Manufacturers Association and a group vice president of Kellen Co., a New York public relations and association management firm.

New regulations could hurt the industry’s bottom line. Corded blinds account for an estimated 75 percent of the industry’s roughly $2 billion in annual sales in the U.S. The industry is dominated in the U.S. by three companies: the Dutch concern Hunter Douglas; Springs Window Fashions, based in Middleton, Wis.; and Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid.


Under the law, the safety commission is required to defer to industries that are developing standards voluntarily to fix products that harm consumers. The theory is that the agency has neither the time nor the resources to oversee the vast array of products subject to its jurisdiction — and that manufacturers have a strong incentive to ensure that their products are safe.

In reality, some industries have used the system to put off regulatory action for years while dangerous products maim and kill. The commission has the power to impose mandatory rules when it thinks the voluntary standards are inadequate. Critics say the time for such action with window blinds passed long ago and the agency has failed the public by leaving the industry to its own devices.

“How many years of professional courtesy should the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission extend to the window coverings industry before abandoning the voluntary standards process?” asked Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies, a research and advocacy firm.

In interviews and regulatory filings, industry officials say they have acted responsibly and changes in voluntary standards and technological advances have made new window blinds safer than ever. Though it introduced cordless blinds in the 1990s, the industry says many types of blinds cannot operate without cords and a ban on corded products would force it to drop many popular styles.


Parents have channeled their grief and anger into political action. Linda Kaiser, a St. Louis mother who founded Parents for Window Blind Safety after her daughter Cheyenne was killed in her crib in 2002, has led the charge for safer products. In the absence of federal help, other parents have fought for window blind safety measures in state legislatures. Maryland and Washington state have enacted laws restricting the installation of corded blinds in day-care centers.

Last October, in a move reflecting regulators’ frustration with voluntary standards, the safety commission voted unanimously to issue a notice that could lead to a mandatory federal rule. The agency is seeking public comment until June 1 about the merits of a window covering rule and the dangers that cords pose. It could take several years, however, for any mandatory rule to go into effect.


Despite many submissions and much talk , little has changed to effect the millions of people in the US with corded blinds in their homes.


Cordaway provides a practical, cost effective, safe solution and will be available soon in Australia.

Corded Blind Safety Requirements for Rented Properties

This is a message sent to all property managers and landlords regarding corded blinds in Australia.

As parents please note this is a mandatory requirement for landlords Australia-wide.

If you live in a rental property then it is the obligation of your agent to comply.

Don’t risk it. Ensure your rental property complies.

Cordaway is now under final scheduling and will be available in the next few months for complete protection and peace of mind.

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Corded Window Furnishings

Who is affected?

Australian businesses involved in the supply of window coverings [importers, distributors, retailers, and installers], consumers and government are affected. In the context of blind and curtain installations, consumers are any person or business that owns, rents or leases a residential or commercial property.

“Although the Regulations only apply to corded curtains and blinds installed after 1st July, 2011, effectively the intent of the regulations applies to all existing corded curtains and blinds as well, by virtue of Section 185 of the RTRA Act ,…….. the onus on Owners and Agents to ensure their rental property is safe and fit to live in”.


DON’T RISK LIVES: Insurance policies don’t cover you for negligence

Insurance policies do vary, however most have an exclusion clause that means that the insurance company may not have to pay out where the Owner breaks the law or has been advised that there is an issue and elects not to act to rectify the issue or harm.   The question of legal liability aside, who would willing want to risk the life of a child and subsequent knowledge that a death or tragedy could have been avoided if prior action was taken by simply addressing the issue.

Contact Safety Watch Australia on 3890 7286 or email to discuss this added service to assist with your Risk Management today.

A few facts to consider….

  • Australian homes often feature blinds, curtains and other window coverings that have cords and using the cords, a person can raise, lower, open, or close the blinds or curtains.
  • Blind and curtain cords can present a strangulation hazard to children, as they may become entangled in them while trying to use, play with or play around window coverings.   Even with raised coverings , children can climb onto window sills or furniture and access the cords. Cords can also strangle infants sleeping or playing in cots placed near windows where cords are within reach or hanging into cots.
  • In recent years, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) recognised the  major hazard of risk of strangulation of young children with loop cord systems.  As a result, Mandatory Standards known as The Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard – Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010 (“The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards”) now regulate the design, construction, installation and labelling of corded window furnishings.
  • From 1 July 2011 all premises (residential and commercial) which are leased/rented by their owners  must comply with The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards in relation to any corded window covering including (but not limited to) Vertical, Venetian, Holland and Roman Blinds, and Curtains (including pencil pleat “ready mades” and pencil pleat tape) and any fitting containing cords, such as Curtain Rods and Tracks.

Suggested wording to send to your owners who do NOT complete corded window furnishing inspections:

CORDED WINDOW COVERINGS * New Laws that affect all Lessors * The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) identified a major hazard with loop cord systems as children face a risk of strangulation. The ACCC places a conservative estimate of the number of children dying of such a cause in Australia since 1990 at 15. As a result, the ACCC issued Mandatory Standards that regulates corded internal window coverings. This is known as Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard – Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010.

The Regulations apply nationally and specify the Mandatory Safety Standards in the design, construction and labelling of corded window furnishings. From 1 July 2011 all suppliers, which includes Landlords, must comply with the Mandatory Safety Standards in relation to any corded window covering such as Vertical Blinds, Venetian Blinds, Holland Blinds, Roman Blinds and curtains and any fitting containing cords, such as Curtain Rods and Tracks. Landlords are responsible for ensuring that the property and the products provided work effectively and safely and that the products come with instructions and safety information as required by the law. It is likely that any corded window furnishings in your property manufactured before December 2010 do not comply with The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards.   In our role as your Managing Agent, it is our duty of care to ensure our Landlords are informed and educated about the Regulations and advised to take steps to remove or reduce the risk of harm to Tenants and their visitors from potential injury caused by loop cord window coverings. Landlords who fail to take action may be in the line of fire of liability risk in the event of a child’s death or injury caused by a non-compliant corded window covering at a rental property. Insurance Policies vary, but most have an exclusion clause that means that the insurance company does not have to pay out for negligence claims where the Policy Owner knowingly takes no action or breaks the law relating to fixing a defect or making the premises safer.

The mandatory standard came into effect from 1/1/2015


How to Make Window Blinds With Cords Safe For Kids

Every parent wants to keep their child as safe as possible, but for many parents across the country, it isn’t financially possible to completely eliminate the risk of window blind cords. Known as the silent killer, these cords have left hundreds of children strangled to death while parents or caregivers are close by. Despite the danger, industry sources estimate that a high proportion of window coverings sold worldwide are still corded, posing a potentially serious health risk to young children and pets.


“All corded products require added safety measures to make them safer,” explained Steele. There are significant ways to protect your family. Check out these seven things that you can do to keep kids safe if you live in a home with window cords.

  1. Order safety devices online: Not only do cord cleats make corded blinds safer by consolidating the excess cord and keeping it out of reach from a small child, but they can also be ordered online for free. Cordaway, a safer option, will be available within 2 months.
  2. Pull away all furniture from windows: Children love to climb on things and may still find ways to reach wrapped cords by climbing onto the window sill or furniture. Even if window coverings are secured by cord cleats, all furniture should be moved away from windows to prevent children from accessing any existing cords.
  3. Don’t assume they’ve outgrown the risk: Even if your child is no longer a tot, you still need be vigilant. Accidents have been reported with children up to 8 years old.
  4. Cut the cord: An easy option is to simply cut the cords off your blinds. While this does remove the ability to lift and lower blinds, slats can still be tilted using the tilt wand. This is unnecessary with a Cordaway Device
  5. Don’t just tuck: It’s important to be aware that tucking the cord behind window coverings is not a safe option. It’s easier than you might think for little hands to climb to reach tucked or “secured” cords.
  6. Check the product: According to Steele, there are many products being sold by peer-to-peer e-commerce sites that don’t conform to the current safety standards and have long inner cords that can easily be pulled out, forming a loop large enough for a child’s head. It’s also necessary to be aware that even current safety standards of two separate cords or safety releases are not enough to protect all kids because children can easily get wrapped up and tangled in a single cord.
  7. Don’t overlook the installation: “Continuous cord loop products are only as safe as they are installed properly. Many people do not properly secure the cord-restraining device to the wall or floor, leaving the cords slack enough for a child’s head to fit through.” Remember that continuous cord loops are just that, loops, and children are also able to easily tangle themselves in a single cord.




The Cordaway Safety Device for Blind Cords is now entering full production. With testing complete, the units will become available online within this quarter. Cordaway completely covers all cord within a snap shut cover. For less than $10 you will be able to have peace of mind and know your precious children are safe.

Cordaway – for safety that must work.

The Cordaway Safety Device

Unlike cleats and current safety devices Cordaway offer another level of protection for parents, grandparents, relatives and carers to provide genuine safety for vulnerable young children and toddlers from the dangers of exposed blind cords.

Cordaway Window and Blind Cords Safety Device

When a blind is fully lifted to the pelmet, the cord simply is too long to be wound around a cleat positioned as recommended in all safety instructions. There will be cord still hanging from the cleat.

Cordaway provides sufficient room to actually wrap the whole cord within the enclosed cover. The cover is a snap shut cover that children cannot reach and are very unlikely to dislodge. No cord exposed, no toggles, no dangling cord means you have provided the best possible solution in creating a safer place for children.

Cordaway is currently under manufacture and will be available soon. A new video is being produced to demonstrate the fitting and usage of the Cordaway Safety Device. Once completed it will be on permanent display here for you to view and show family and friends. Cordaway’s developer Mr Graeme Andersen, a director of a substantial construction industry company has a long experience in installing windows of all types in both domestic and commercial premises, and with young children himself, he perceived a genuine need for a better, more effective safety device to protect young lives from blind cord tragedy.

[Cordaway is a patented and copyright product. The Cordaway name and logo is a registered trademark.]

Curtain and blind cord safety

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.

curtain-and-blind-cord-kitConsumer 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:

Safety tips

  • 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.

Source: kidsafe

To be Kid-Safe, it’s really simple. Fit a Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device and ensure real safety for your family.