Blind Cord Safety
Safety Compliance Services
Blinds, curtains and window fittings
A mandatory standard applies to internal blinds, curtains and some window fittings (corded internal window coverings) supplied after 30 December 2010.
The mandatory standard that deals with the installation services of window coverings was created on 28 March 2014 and came into effect on 1 January 2015.
Examples of these safety devices are hooks and safety tassels that prevent infants and young children from getting entangled in the cords by accident.
As the owner of a rental property, it is the responsibility of the landlord to keep their tenants and their children safe.
It has been recognised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that blinds, curtains and any other window coverings pose a strangulation hazard for young children.
Owners were required to comply with The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards of the Trade Practices Regulations 2010 starting 1 July 2011. Here, it states that having cords fitted with approved safety devices is a requisite to both residential and commercial rental properties with corded window coverings.