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Blind cords

Internal window blind cords and chains are a risk to babies and small children who could injure or even strangle themselves on looped operation cords and chains.

You can make your existing blinds safer by:

  • Moving beds, cots, highchairs and playpens away from window covering cords and chains
  • Make sure all cords and chains are always secured out of reach of babies and young children. Don't tie them together and make sure they don't twist and create a loop.
  • Move furniture away from cords or chains covering windows as children love to climb

There are a range of safety devices available for different types of blind including:

Chain breaker connectors

These break apart when undue pressure is applied on the chain, but after inspection can be reconnected again. Chain sizes vary so you must use the chain break connector which is designed to be used with your specific chain.

Cord/chain tidys and tensioners

These should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface and at the maximum distance from the top of the blind so the cords/chains are held permanently taut by the device.

Cleats

These should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface out of reach of children and at least 1.5 meters from the floor. The cord must be secured after each and every operation of the blind.

Window Blind Safety Poster

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