Blind Cords and Curtain Pulls – SAFETY ALERT

This is a bulletin from a very large real estate Manager on ensuring your property has ensured Blind Cord Safety for young children by complying with National Safety Regulations on Blind Cord safety Cordaway endorse and agree with these recommendations.

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Recent changes in the safety requirements for homes have spread the responsibility for home safety to everyone involved. Whether you own your home, you’re a landlord or a tenant, some responsibility falls to you. There are now equal responsibilities to ensure that internal window coverings involving curtain and blind cords are safe for children. Even if you manufacture or install curtains and blinds in a property, the regulations are the same. The regulations are there to prevent children from being harmed or even killed by an accident involving blinds or curtains with loose cords.

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What is the danger of blind cords?

Are you are aware of the danger of loose blind cords?  There have been a significant number of fatal accidents involving loose blind cords in Australia.  The numbers are magnified when you look around the world.  These needless but tragic accidents can be avoided by the removal or securing of loose blind cords.  Whether they be from blinds, curtains, tiebacks, chains, or any other type of looping material, they should be addressed.

The issue is that these cords are not always secured, or not easy to secure, and this poses a problem when a child is near.  When a child can access a loose cord, then there is potential for a loop to get stuck around their neck.  That can happen in the cot, if it is next to a window, or on the floor if the cord reaches all the way down.  It’s even a problem if the child can access the cord when climbing on a chair, a sofa or a bed.

What should we look out for?

The issue is not just within the child’s room or nursery, but every cord in the home is a potential threat to a playing or inquisitive child.  The danger with window blinds and curtains is that we tend to draw the blinds on a daily basis, but we don’t always remember to secure the loop that falls down.  When the blind is fully deployed, there is often no loop to worry about, so the tendency is to forget about the loop when we pull the blind up.  The simple fact is, there needs to be provision made for the safety of children at all times, and not just when the blind is drawn.

How to prevent the hazard.

There are several ways in which a cord can be made safe.  Most of these can be drawn directly from the safety standards for blind and curtain cords.  The manufacturer is also required to provide safety advice, so this should also be followed during installation of curtains and blinds.

This is what the regulations require – as per the “Competition and Consumer (Corded Internal Window Coverings) Safety Standard 2014”:

  • The must be no loose cord that can form a loop 220 mm or longer at less than 1600 mm above the floor
  • No part of the cord guide may be installed lower than 1600 mm above the floor under it can withstand a tension force of 70 Newton for 10 seconds
  • The cord shall be fastened to prevent the formation of a loop 220 mm or longer
  • A cleat used to secure the cord must be higher than 1600 mm above the floor
  • Follow the installation instructions
  • The warning label shall be installed with the corded internal window covering – do not remove warning labels!
  • This is to be used as a guide, the complete safety standard is available at the address below.

Loose blind and curtain cords can kill.  Keep them out of reach of children.

This is a recommendation that is pertinent to everyone, whether it be to protect our own children, our grandchildren, or even those of visiting guests.    But the message is that we all need to check our internal window coverings for loose cords, chains, or fasteners and cleats that are not properly attached.  This includes both landlords as well as tenants of rental properties in Queensland.  Please check your obligations as follows:

  1. Parents – check your blinds and curtain cords

  • Check for loose cords at floor level.  Look for those between the floor and the danger zone of 1600 mm above the floor
  • Identify loops in the dangling cords – secure them or remove them
  • Ensure that children are not able to use nearby furniture to reach cords
  • Secure the window cords so that there are no loops. (This is done with a secure cord tensioner attached to the wall, or by separating the cord so there is no loop.)
  • Comply with the National Safety Standards
  • Select internal window coverings that do not use cords
  • This is useful information for anyone, in any property, even on holidays.
  1. Landlords – please be aware of your obligations for curtain and blind cords

  • Always install internal window coverings in accordance with manufacturers installation instructions
  • Ensure that cleats fasten above the 1600 mm height regulation
  • Ensure that all fasteners can withstand 70 Newtons of tension load for 10 seconds
  • If in doubt – use a reputable installer or manufacturers agent for installation
  • Do not remove warning labels from cords
  1. Tenants obligations

  • Keep children safe from loose cords from curtains and blinds
  • Do not children play with loose cords
  • Move furniture away from the potential to reach window cords
  • Always supervise children around windows with blind cords.

Reference information:

For more information about National Safety Standards, bans, recalls and emerging issues, refer to this website: http://www.productsafety.gov.au

Source: positionone.com.au
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Cordaway – A better solution for child safety

The Cordaway Blind Cord Safety Device is now being prepared for production. The unit will come boxed and ready to use and will be available from the Cordaway Website and quite possibly on our Facebook page as well.

Although incorporating the same ability to wind cord onto itself as current cleats available on the market at present, the Cordaway device has the ability to wind on substantially more cord and completely enclose it under a snap on cover which is virtually childproof.

Inventor and developer Graeme Andersen installs windows for a living on both domestic and commercial projects. He has an intimate knowledge and understanding of the fitting of all sorts of blinds and window types available, both internally and externally.

With a young family of his own, Graeme heard about the tragedies of young toddlers being strangled by blind cords and decided to do something practical about it. 5 years ago he developed his first prototypes but soon realised he needed help and assistance to bring his development to market. After one false start, the Cordaway product (patented, copyrighted and trademarked) is now in its final phases of testing for full production.

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Blind cords are responsible for up to 12 deaths per year in the USA alone. In Britain and Ireland, three out of four blinds use cords. It takes less than 30 seconds to render a child unconscious when choked by a blind cord. In 60 seconds, there is irreversible brain damage or death.

This Australian invention will prevent many such deaths. Here in Australia, there are literally millions of such corded blinds – Venetian, Roman and Plantation Blinds. By law land-lords must provide effective safety devices where such blinds are installed. Corded blinds are still sold at popular locations such as hardware warehouses, specialist interior stores and a range of blind retailers.

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Don’t be complacent. In the next month Cordaway will be opening its online shopping cart on the Cordaway Website. Once production is underway, there will be the opportunity to pre-order to ensure you can avail yourself of this great safety device as soon as possible.

For more information please leave your details here on our contact page. It’s peace of mind for a little effort.

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Girl, 2, Strangled by Window Blind Cord in Oakland Park: BSO

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A 2-year-old girl has died after choking on a window blind cord at a home in Oakland Park Wednesday, authorities said.

Oakland Park Fire Rescue officials said they responded to a home in the 4500 block of Northeast 15th Way  around 12:30 p.m. and rushed the toddler to Holy Cross Hospital.

Broward Sheriff’s Office officials later said the child died. Neighbors said a mom, dad and two children live at the home.

“Six sheriff cars pulled up and they were running as fast as they could into the front door,” neighbor Michael Matheson said.

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Matheson said the girl’s father arrived moments later.

“He was running as fast as he could and he came around the corner and darted past all the sheriffs, about five second later he came out screaming,” Matheson said.

The incident is under investigation but there is nothing suspicious, officials said.

No other information was immediately known.

This child’s death is the third in Florida since August 2015, according to Linda Kaiser of Parents for Window Blind Safety. Kaiser started the nonprofit group in 2002 to support parents who lose children and educate consumers about the risks.

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The group keeps tracks of deaths and injuries from window blind cords. They report 592 children have been killed or injured in these accidents since 1995, 36 in Florida.

Parents for Window Blind Safety petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2014 for mandatory standards for window blind makers.

CPSC in March announced its partnering with Canada to to come up with new standards to encourage cordless window coverings.

The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) encourages parents and caregivers to check window coverings for exposed or dangling cords. The group recommends replacing them with cordless window covering products or those with inaccessible cords.

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The group says parents can identify products best suited for homes with young children by looking for the ‘Best for Kids’ certification on products.

Source: nbcmiami.com
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