Curtain and blind cords can be a real danger to your children. Children can get caught in the cords and be strangled. This can happen when the cords
are too long or they end in a loop, and when furniture or bedding is too close to the windows.
Keep furniture away from windows to prevent children climbing up and reaching curtain or blind cords.
Replace curtain cords with curtain or blind wands whenever possible.
Alternatively, ensure excess curtain and blind cords are secured to the wall at least 1600mm above the ground to prevent strangulation.
Various clamps, cord shorteners and cord windups are available to reduce the length of cords.
You can also wrap the cord around a cleat (from hardware stores) attached to the wall near the top of the curtain or blind.
If you have vertical blinds you can install a cord tensioning device which encloses the cord or chain loops.
Children should not be able to climb through their bedroom window as this can result in falls and a lack of parental supervision. Depending on the
child’s age and developmental stage, different types of window restrictions can be used.
Position all cots, beds, play structures and change tables away from windows, so that they do not act as a ladder to give children access to windows.
To prevent falling out of windows, all windows in children’s bedrooms should have openings temporarily restricted to 100mm.
Keep windows locked at all times. Locks can be installed that still allow the window to be opened a fraction for ventilation.
Safety glass or safety film should be applied to all low level glazing where children play.