A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Cordaway.

Christmas is a time for sharing, for joy, for children. Keep them safe and we wish all the best for a wonderful festive season.

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Over the last few weeks we have had a series of strange replies to posts, from people suggesting that teaching and managing children is enough to prevent accidents. It’s simply not true. Children will walk into swimming pools – we have strict regulations for swimming pool fencing. Children attempt to touch working fans and heaters – it is mandatory to provides guards and restraints. Car seats, cupboard locks and precautions around stoves and benchtops – all are equally important.

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Here is the fact. Blind Cords have killed hundreds of children worldwide in the last ten years. Protect yours with recommended Safety devices. Cordaway is the most advanced and effective on the market.

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So again have a wonderful festive season and enjoy your family, your children and these times, its precious. For those who are still unsure of the worth of such devices please read the press release from the ACCC.

See you all in the New Year.

ACCC warns of dangers of loose blind and curtain cords

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATragically, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of non-compliant corded blinds and curtains. Similar deaths occur regularly across the world and the ACCC is joining international regulators to warn of the hidden dangers associated with corded blinds and curtains.

“Loose cords can be extremely dangerous to young children, as they can quickly tangle or loop around a child’s neck. We are urging parents and carers to check each room in their house for blinds or curtains with cords and tie them up with cleats,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

“It is important to make sure cots, beds, highchairs and playpens are placed away from blind or curtain cords so they remain inaccessible to infants at all times.”

“Young children will also climb on furniture, such as chairs and couches that may be near windows with blinds or curtain cords. All cords throughout the house should be secured and out of reach of children,” Ms Court said.

The mandatory standard for internal window coverings was declared in July 2010 and a separate regulation relating to installation services of window coverings came into effect in January 2015.

In April, the ACCC conducted a survey of corded blinds and curtains in 131 display homes and found evidence of an alarmingly poor level of compliance with the regulations for both supply and installation of window coverings.

Had the homes been sold with the window coverings as installed, only 10 per cent would have complied with all the requirements of the mandatory standard, including the incorporation of cord guides, cleats to keep the cords out of harm’s way, installer details, and mandatory warning labels.

“The ACCC is putting suppliers and installers on notice that they face prosecution and fines of up to $1.1 million if they fail to comply with the regulations,” Ms Court said.

The ACCC will continue to educate housing companies, manufacturers, retailers, and installers of corded internal window coverings about the requirements of the mandatory standard. The ACCC will be undertaking further surveillance and enforcement action will be taken where serious breaches of the regulation are found.

Safety at home

When installing new blinds and curtains, make sure you or the installer secure any loose or looped cords—do not leave them hanging down.
Go through every room in your home and check for any blinds or curtains with long cords that are either loose or looped. Remember, this includes any cords that are within children’s reach at floor level or near furniture they can climb on.
Do not put children’s cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach blind or curtain cords. The cords can become tangled around children’s necks and strangle them.
Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains. As young children like to climb onto furniture to look out the window, they may quickly become entangled in the cords, lose their footing, and suffer strangulation or serious injuries.
Accidental strangulation can happen very quickly, so never leave children alone in rooms where cords are unsecured if you’re visiting someone’s home, even for a short while.
Some blinds can’t operate properly without looped cords. To keep them out of children’s reach you should secure these cords with either:
tie-downs (cleats), or
tension devices that enclose cords and chain loops.
Always fix tie-downs and tension devices firmly to the wall or window-frame so a child is not able to remove them. Never use materials that can’t support a significant load, such as double-sided tape or glue.
Consider replacing corded blinds and curtains with cordless alternatives. There are safer designs of window coverings available for most applications.

Source: accc.gov.au/media-release

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Cordaway – Purchase here now and ensure your child’s safety.

Cordaway is a NEW BLIND CORD SAFETY DEVICE. Unlike cleats, which are exposed, Cordaway has sufficient room to store the FULL CORD and is then protected by a SNAP ON cover. You can order yours now by simply clicking on SHOP here on this page. ($9.60 each plus shipping) https://shop.cordaway.com.au/

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Blind cord fatalities continue worldwide unabated. The solution from both legislators and manufacturers alike is to create new cordless blinds. But the reality is that millions upon millions of corded blinds already exist in countless homes here in Australia and in other countries.

Children under 5 years are particularly vulnerable. It takes less than a minute for a child to be asphyxiated when tangled in a blind cord. LESS THAN ONE MINUTE. Unfortunately children are still succumbing to such strangulations. Even those rescued are often left with permanent brain damage.

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Rented properties, older homes and in many cases where young families are socially disadvantaged or ‘starting out’ often are fitted with these blinds. It is legally required in all Australian States that such blinds are fitted with ‘safety devices’. Usually that is a 15c ineffective cleat made of plastic fitted 1.6 m from the floor.

With Venetian and plantation style blinds the cleat simply does not capture the whole of the blind cord. The solution is to add more cleats. These are exposed. Children from 5 upwards can easily unwind them and often do, to the detriment of their younger siblings.

The Cordaway device is purpose designed. It has much bigger internal hooks (cleats) fixed to a backing plate that is fitted to the window architrave or wall. Wind the cord on and it is fully enclosed once the snap on cover is fitted. It’s a simple easy procedure for an adult. It’s somewhat more difficult for children and quite the deterrent.

So don’t delay. Buy now. You can either SHOP here on Facebook (use the Shop button on this page) or you can purchase via our website here. The units cost $9.60 each.

Be safe, be sure. Make your home safe with Cordaway. Your children deserve it!

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