Kidsafe NSW promotes child injury prevention and education in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children.

Mandatory standard- installation of window coverings

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20 Nov 2014

The mandatory standard that deals with the installation services of window coverings was made on 28 March 2014. This regulation commences on 1 January 2015 - the new requirements do not apply until that date.

Australian homes often have blinds, curtains and other window coverings that are manipulated by cords or chains.

Corded internal window coverings are window coverings that can be used inside a building and are either:

  • window coverings, such as curtains or blinds with a cord, or
  • fittings used with a window covering, such as a traverse rod or track.

These include, but are not limited to: 

  • curtains
  • blinds
  • shades 
  • traverse rods 
  • tracks.

For complete information about the mandatory requirements for the supply of corded internal window coverings, we strongly advise that you read Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard - Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010. This information is essential to ensure you and your business complies with the requirements of this mandatory standard.

For complete information about the mandatory requirements for corded internal window coverings installation services, we strongly advise you to read the Competition and Consumer (Corded Internal Window Coverings) Safety Standard 2014. The information in this standard is essential to ensure you and your business complies with the requirements of this mandatory standard from 1 January 2015.

Strangulation

Children can become entangled in blind or curtain cords if they try to use, play with or play around window coverings. Even with raised coverings, children can climb onto window sills or furniture to access the cords. Cords or looped cords that become tangled around a child’s neck can very quickly cause strangulation.

Cords can also strangle infants sleeping or playing in cots placed near a window where cords are within reach, or hang into the cot.

For further information, please visit the Product Safety Australia page by clicking here.

 

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