Detector Inspector’s corded blind safety service ensures that blinds, window coverings and fittings are correctly secured and labelled in accordance with the mandatory safety standards and relevant state-based legislation.
What are the risks associated with corded window coverings?
On average, one to two Australian children tragically die each year as a result of non-compliant blind cords. To try to prevent these needless deaths, mandatory safety standards attach to any window covering fitted since 2010 have been in force since 2015.
Strict restrictions regarding the height of hanging cords, the need for cord guides in certain circumstances and labelling requirements are all designed to keep occupants safe.
Get the protection you need with our corded blinds safety service
Annual safety checks of all blinds and window coverings keep occupants safe from the dangers of strangulation and ensure landlords and property managers are fulfilling their obligations.
Servicing is carried out by one of our trained technicians using our advanced technology to ensure that they complete the service in strict accordance with the Australian Standards and relevant state-based legislation.
Learn more about what to expect from our corded blind safety service
Always on support
Our dedicated tenant support line, agency support line and after hours support mean we’re here when you need us with the right information from trained staff who can answer your questions or have easy access to those who will.
Lots of inclusions
Our comprehensive service covers everything you need to stay compliant for a fixed annual fee, including free replacement or installation of missing or damaged cleats, cord guides, warning labels and swing tags.
No call out fees
When you’re with Detector Inspector, there’s no call out fees for corded blinds issues that occur between services (limited exclusions apply)
Each year, our corded blinds service includes:
Safety & compliance check
The service will ensure that all blinds, window coverings and fittings are correctly secured and labelled in accordance with all relevant legislation
Free replacement or installation of missing or damaged cleats, cord guides, warning labels and swing tags
Includes time, date & GPS tracked photos of each corded blind at the property
A digital Service Report detailing the property's compliance with all applicable corded blind related legislation
Cord shortening for beaded metal chains
Our corded blinds service is available as an add-on to an annual smoke alarm service.
Corded blinds safety service
A corded blinds safety & compliance service provided as an add-on to the annual smoke alarm service for:
+GST per annum
Due to the potential strangulation hazard, landlords are required to ensure that all corded window coverings are properly fitted and maintained in accordance with complex safety standards.
Don’t assume blinds have been correctly installed. A 2016 survey of display homes conducted by the ACCC found that only 10% of the homes would be compliant if they were sold with the window coverings as installed.  It’s crucial that window coverings are fitted and checked by a compliance expert.
Landlords are legally obliged to keep properties safe for habitation and hazard-free. This includes maintaining the compliance of all corded window fittings in accordance with the Competition and Consumer (Corded Internal Window Coverings) Safety Standard 2014.
Agents may be contractually responsible for informing landlords of their responsibilities and ensuring that corded window coverings are correctly fitted and regularly maintained in accordance with this safety standard.
The Safety Standard 2014 states that:
- A corded window covering must be installed in accordance with the safety instructions on the packaging.
- No part of a cord guide or a loose cord may hang lower than 1600mm above floor level, unless the cord guide will remain firmly attached to the wall when a tension force of 70N is applied for 10 seconds in any direction, and the loose cord is secured to prevent the formation of a loop 220mm or longer.
- The person responsible for installing the window covering must attach a label with their name and contact details; any warning labels/swing tags provided with the window covering must remain attached to the cord.
For more detailed information see the Safety Standard 2014.
In addition, the packaging, labelling and supply of corded window coverings is regulated by the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard – Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010.
Detector Inspector’s annual corded blinds service will ensure that all mandatory requirements are met in accordance with the Safety Standard 2014 and relevant state-based legislation.
Ask Detector Inspector about our Corded Blinds Safety & Compliance service today.
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