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Corded blind regulations – the risk is real

 

Recently one of our dedicated Safety Watch technicians had cause to stop and think about why we do what we do.

In a freak accident in his local area a little girl tragically died in her home after a blind cord wrapped around her neck.

The sad irony was not lost on him and he felt compelled to reach out ask us to share his message with the Safety Watch network.

“This has been on my mind the last few weeks and is deeply disturbing. You see I test in this area every week and it’s a stern reminder of how important our work and efforts are. It is very likely that what we do every day saves lives. These freak accidents truly change the lives of those close to the people affected and hopefully our collective efforts diminish the risk.”

Sadly 1-2 children die each year in Australia from blind and curtain strangulation.

In an effort to minimise this risk the ACCC introduced mandatory standards in 2014 that applies to the sale corded blinds and window furnishings and the installation in rental properties. This legislation covers:

Installation

The corded internal window covering must be installed in a way that ensures a loose cord cannot form a loop 220 mm or longer at or less than 1,600 mm above floor level.

The corded internal window covering must be also be installed in accordance with the installation instructions on any retail packaging for the covering

A cleat used to secure a cord must be installed at least 1,600 mm above floor level.

Labelling

A person installing a corded internal window covering must attach a label to it containing the name and contact details of the person or company responsible for the installation and must not remove any warning label or swing tag supplied with the corded internal window covering.

Please click here for full details of the legislation.

The last 12 months has brought changes to our industry that has meant we have all become even busier maintaining the day-to-day responsibilities of the jobs we do.

However, we are reminded here of how important our work is along with the work of all of the dedicated property managers in keeping tenants and families safe in their homes.

Safety Watch have been managing corded blind compliance for rental properties since the legislation was introduced. Please contact us if you would like more information about this important service.

Safety Watch have been managing corded blind compliance for rental properties since the legislation was introduced.
Please contact us if you would like more information about this important service.

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