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

Staying Safe with blind and curtain cords

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5 Feb 2014

Loose or looped cords can be extremely dangerous. Parents and carers are urged to take the necessary steps to ensure blinds and curtains in your home don't pose a threat to your children

Safety at home

  • Go through every room in your home and check for any blinds or curtains with long cords that are either loose or looped.  Remember, this includes any cords that are within children’s reach at floor level or near furniture they can climb on.
  • Do not put children’s cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach the blind or curtain cords. The cords can get around children’s necks and strangle them while they are playing or sleeping.
  • Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains. Young children often like to climb onto furniture to look out the window. If they can reach the cords, they may quickly become entangled in them, lose their footing and suffer strangulation or serious injuries.
  • Make sure blind and curtain cords are not hanging anywhere within children’s reach.  Loose cords can easily wrap around and strangle children who are jumping, playing or climbing nearby.
  • Always supervise children in any rooms with reachable blind or curtain cords.  Accidental strangulation can happen very quickly, so never leave children alone in these rooms, even for a short while.

For further information regarding blind and curtain cord safety including tips on installation and rental properties, please click here.

To view the safety alert, please click here.

Source: Product Safety Australia