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A freebie that could save your child’s life

cord blind safetyIf you use looped cords to open and close curtains and blinds in your home, it’s easy to make these safer for infants and toddlers.

Loose cords can tangle around a child’s neck, causing serious injury or death. This has happened in Australia and overseas, including the deaths of two children in Victoria in 2009.

The risk is higher when a child’s cot or bed is near the cords, if children play near the cords, or when they stand on furniture to look out a window.

By securing the cords tightly against the window frame, you can help to protect children in your home.

You can get a free safety kit from Consumer Affairs Victoria. The kit has a bracket that attaches to the window frame using the screws provided. There are five brackets in each kit.

Graphic instructions for fitting a curtain and blind cord safety kit.

Instructions for fitting a curtain and blind cord safety kit.

Preppies have our order form already

Consumer Affairs Victoria put a safety kit order form in each school ‘prep pack’ this year. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development distributed the packs to all prep students at the start of the school year.

You can also find the order forms in many maternal and child health centres, day care centres and local government agencies.

Order a free safety kit online

You can use an online order form right now to make your home a safer place.

If you live in Victoria, order your free kit now using Consumer Affairs Victoria’s online safety kit order form.

If you live outside Victoria, visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website or your local hardware store for help to keep your curtain and blind cords safe.

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