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The free curtain and blind cord safety kit will help make looped curtain and blind cords safer in your home.
How the safety kit will help
The safety kit contains a device that tensions looped cords to a window frame so they are no longer loose, reducing the likelihood of strangulation.
What is in the safety kit
The safety kit contains five plastic devices with screws and instructions.
Installing the kit
To install the device:
- Pull the cord through the device
- Pull the device down until the cord is tight
- Screw the device into the window frame.
- Use one device and one screw for each cord.
- If you are unsure about any aspect of the installation of the kit, consult a registered tradesperson.
- The device in this safety kit is only suitable if you have roller blinds with looped cords and wooden window frames. For other types of blinds, curtains and frames, please purchase suitable safety devices from your local curtain and blind retailer or hardware store.
Installing safety kits in rental properties
If you are renting a home, speak with your landlord or agent for permission to install a safety kit to the window frame. Explain why you want to install the device and assure them that if any damage is caused by the installation, you will repair it when the tenancy ends. Make sure you get the landlord or agent’s approval in writing.
Help to warn others
Tell your friends and family to request a free safety kit: it’s easy and free.
Businesses and organisations
- Remind your customers/members to fix blind and curtain cords so they are out of reach of children.
- Give your customers/members order forms for the safety kit - request free printed order forms from email@example.com
- Spread the word through your organisation’s:
Understanding the danger
Young children can strangle themselves with looped curtain and blind cords. Unsecured blind or curtain cords claim the lives of one or two Australian children every year - at least 21 young children have died as a result since 2001.
Why loose cords are dangerous
A child can place the loop over their head and/or get tangled in loose cords when they are:
- in a cot or bed where cords are hanging
- playing near cords, or
- standing on a chair, sofa or bed to look out of a window.
Video: Curtain and blind cord safety kits