Child Safety Guidelines For Roller Blinds In Australia


Blinds Downunder is committed to ensuring detailed child safety installation instructions are at the forefront of every DIY and professional Blind Installation of our blinds. Blinds Downunder provides cord mechanisms on all of our blinds, and install labels, as required by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission.

✅  All Blinds Downunder Blinds have mandatory safety features:

✅  All Blinds Downunder Blinds Comply with mandatory national standard

✅  All Blinds Downunder Blinds have warning labels to advise of dangers of cords and require these labels to stay on your blinds at all times.

✅  All Blinds Downunder blinds come with a label sticker, that needs to be stuck to front or rear of all blind bottom rails. The installer must fill in their details and phone number as set out by the ACCC Guidelines.

✅  All Blinds Downunder Blinds come with the required safety Mechanism and must be installed on all blinds supplied. Zero Gravity Blinds and motorised Blinds, are the only exception in our range as they are cordless and raised by pushing bottom rail up.

✅  All Blinds Downunder Blinds Purchased come with detailed information regarding installing safety mechanisms. By agreeing at the bottom of the purchase page you are agreeing to follow the required safety guidelines with your install set out by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission.

Installation of corded internal window coverings must be in accordance with Australian Consumer and Competition Commission.                                                               

(1) A corded internal window covering must be installed: (a) in such a way that a loose cord cannot form a loop 220 mm or longer at less than 1,600 mm above floor level; and (b) using any components specified in the installation instructions as necessary to meet requirements for cord safety.

(2) A corded internal window covering must also be installed in accordance with: (a) the installation instructions on any retail packaging for the covering; and (b) other information provided in the installation instructions about how to install the corded internal window covering for the purpose of ensuring that a loose cord cannot form a loop as described in paragraph (1) (a).

(3) No part of a cord guide may be installed lower than 1,600 mm above floor level unless: (a) the cord guide will remain firmly attached to a wall or other structure specified in the installation instructions when subjected to a tension force of 70 N applied in any direction for 10 seconds; and (b) the cord is sufficiently secured or tensioned to prevent the formation of a loop 220 mm or longer.

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

(5)Labelling requirements (1) A person installing a corded internal window covering must: (a) attach a label to the corded window covering containing the name and contact details of the person or company responsible for the installation; and (b) ensure that any warning label or swing tag supplied with the corded internal window covering remains attached to the cord.                                  

How to Keep your loved ones safe in an old and new setting.

  • Consider alternatives to corded internal window coverings, such as window coverings which do not have cords or chains. Blinds Downunder offers a zero gravity and motorised Roller Blinds, which provides great options for spaces a chain option may not be safe.
  • Click image below to watch Video Below to see how Zero Gravity works.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Loose blind and curtain cords can kill. Fix them securely out of reach so kids are out of danger.
  • Check and fix all your existing blinds: – Check all your window furnishings are securely fixed all long, Keep loose or looped cords out of children’s reach.
  • Make sure you buy cleats or tensioning devices with strong mounts, such as two screw holes, from a hardware or window furnishing shop and secure these in a place that is out of reach of children.
  • Avoid using double-sided tape or glue to secure cleats or tensioning devices, as they may fall off when a load is placed on them.
  • If you cannot securely fix your unsafe cords out of reach, get a skilled tradesperson to install for you. If you are renting a home, seek help from your landlord or agent.
  • Keep children away from all cords/chains: – Parents and carers should keep children away from all cords. – Don’t situate cots, beds, playpens or furniture that a baby can climb on near corded curtains or blinds. – Never leave children alone in a room with cords they can reach.
  • For more information, visit the ACCC’s Product Safety Australia website (www.productsafety.gov.au) and subscribe to email alerts – contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502 to order a copy of the brochure Safety alert: Blind and curtain cords – follow Product Safety Australia on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ProductSafetyAU.

Downloads below relate to current ACCC guidelines and need to be thoroughly read and followed when installing your new blinds from Blinds Downunder.

 

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