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Blinds and curtain cords

Low hanging blind and curtain cords can be a strangulation risk to young children.

Keep out of reach

Make sure children can’t reach any blind or curtain cords, especially if they stand on the furniture.

Don’t let cords dangle into or near children’s equipment. This includes:

  • cots (or portable cots)
  • high chairs
  • playpens
  • anything else your child sits on, lies in or climbs on.

Avoid low-hanging cords

Make sure the bottom of any blind or curtain cord is at least 160cm above the floor. Wrap blind cords securely around a hook attached high on the wall.

Install safety devices

For older blinds install a cord tensioning device, such as cord holders and wind-ups, to hold the cord tight against a wall. Alternatively, retrofit the blind or curtain cord with breakaway tassels.

Get advice

New blinds must meet safety standards and be installed in a safe manner.

Updated: 27 May 2020

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