Landlords are required by law to keep their tenants’ children safe.
Recently the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recognised that blinds, curtains and any other window coverings with cords used to open, close, raise or lower them represented a strangulation hazard for children.
From July 1, 2011 owner landlords were ordered to comply with The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards as part of the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard – Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010.
What does this mean?
All leased premises, both residential and commercial, with any corded internal window coverings must have the cords fitted with approved safety devices, such as hooks or safety tassels to prevent babies, toddlers or young children accidently becoming entangled in the cords and suffering strangulation. This includes raised window coverings.
Non-compliance carries fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for companies, as well as the risk of compensation claims.
Our rental blinds and curtains were installed before 1 July 2011
Even if your corded internal window coverings were installed prior to July 1, 2011, landlords in all states of Australia are legally bound by a duty of care to ensure the safety of their tenants.
Most sensible landlords have liability insurance policies in place, but insurers may not pay if the owner has been advised of safety issues and elects not to deal with the problem.
This aside, who wants to risk the life of a child knowing that a potential tragedy could have easily been avoided?
What can I do?
Take advantage of our Corded Internal Window Coverings Safety Program
Complete Compliance Australia are specialists in ensuring rental properties comply with all state and national regulations, including duty of care.
For your rental property, our team of safety experts will:
- Inspect all corded internal window coverings for compliance with The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards
- Identify potential cord hazards on curtains and blinds
- Attach approved safety devices such as hooks or safety tassels to hazardous cords
- Issue a Certificate of Compliance