Cords Can Kill – Do Your Window Furnishings Meet Legal Compliance?

cordsLandlords who supply corded window furnishings in rental properties must now comply with Mandatory Product Standards designed to reduce the risk of strangulation of infants and young children.

The legislation is part of The Australian Consumer Law which came into effect on 1 January 2011 and incorporates The Trade Practices Act.

Any corded window covering such as Vertical Blinds, Venetian Blinds, Holland Blinds, Roman Blinds and Curtains and any fitting containing cords, such as Curtain Rods and Tracks must comply.

If your window coverings have cords they must have:

  • A Warning Label on each cord
  • A Child Safety Device, and
  • Installation and Child Safety Instructions

Failure to comply may expose you to severe penalties and may also be a breach of your duty of care to provide safe products in the home, which also exposes you to the risk of litigation which your insurance may not cover.

If you think that your window furnishings do not comply, then contact Your Property Manager who can arrange for a specialist compliance inspection and retrofit of window coverings to make the home safe and put your mind at ease.

 

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