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National laws now guide window coverings. New blinds and other internal window coverings with cords must now comply with new national laws.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) introduced the regulation following concerns that looped cords posed a risk to children.
Investment property owners must ensure suppliers comply with the new mandatory standard when fitting new window coverings in rental properties, meeting 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.
If you are interested in reading more detail on the new compliance standards, go to www.accc.gov.au
While it is not essential to replace all existing blinds, there are simple ways of minimising risks posed by older blinds before they are replaced.
One recommendation is to add safety tassels or to add a hook high on a window frame to hook up the cord. The bottom of any blind or curtain cord should be at least 160cm above the floor.
More ideas can be found at http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/blind-curtain-cords.htm.
Landlords have a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property, and must ensure the property is safe to live in.