The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) introduced the regulation following concerns that looped cords posed a child strangulation risk.
Lessors, agents and suppliers must comply with the new mandatory standard when supplying new window coverings (blinds and curtains) in rental properties.
The Office of Fair Trading recommends adding safety tassels to cords or adding a hook high on a window frame to hook up the cord. The bottom of any blinds and curtains cord should be at least 160cm above the floor.
Suppliers of internal window coverings (blinds and curtains) must meet all the requirements for design, construction and the marking of corded internal window coverings such as warning labels on cords and retail packaging.
The internal window covering must also include installation instructions and any necessary safety components required for installation.
To comply with the standards, the ACCC advises that suppliers:
- read the ACCC’s regulations
- have checked to ensure products comply with the standard
- register to receive automatic email updates from the Product Safety Australia website
Further information is available on the ACCC website.
Source : RTA Newsletter (December 2011/January 2012 )