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Corded Blind Compliance

On July 1, 2011 new regulations were introduced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Recognizing that blinds, curtains and any other window coverings with cords used to open, close, raise or lower them represented a strangulation hazard for children.

From this date, owner landlords were ordered to comply with The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards as part of the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard – Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010.

All leased premises, both residential properties and commercial, with any corded internal window coverings must have the cords fitted with approved safety devices, such as hooks, cleats or safety tassels to prevent babies, toddlers or young children accidently becoming entangled in the cords and suffering strangulation. This includes raised window coverings.

Non-compliance and failure to install these devices carries fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for companies.

For your rental property, our team of experts at Ausfire Compliance Services will:

  • Inspect all corded internal window coverings for compliance with The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards
  • Identify potential cord hazards on curtains and blinds
  • Attach approved safety devices such as hooks, cleats or safety tassels to hazardous cords
  • Attach mandatory safety notice on all cords
  • Issue a Certificate of Compliance

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