Reportedly there has now been 18 innocent Children's lives lost to a Window Blind Cord strangulation's in Australia since 2000.
With great sadness on the 9th of march 2014 there was reportedly another tragic accidental blind cord strangulation in NSW.
If after viewing the Cordaid device, you believe that this device and the 3 recommendations that are mentioned below submitted by Cordaid to the ACCC back on the 14th of October 2013 will help improve the CIWC standard and the current statistics.
Then PLEASE contact your local MP or the ACCC asap, so that we can all help try and put a stop to these tragic deaths from occurring.
As in my humble opinion the status quo is clearly not working, due to the fact as of the beginning of the CIWC standard and the invention of the Cordaid device back on January 2011 to try and give consumers another choice other than the cleat, there has now been a 5th innocent child killed in Australia by a window blind cord strangulation.
I need to clarify the Quote that was made in the above right editorial. What i said was "the Cordaid device can be used on 90% of blinds", not cleats cant be used on 90% of blinds.
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Necessity is the mother of invention!
Due to consumer requests, the (Larger) Cordaid device has now been redesigned to also accommodate roller blinds chains as well, this is due to the fact a lot of concerned custumers have told me that they have roller blinds installed on their bay windows with no were to screw in a safety device to secure their looped cords/chains.
Cordaid comes in two retro fitted sizes and can be used on
Roller Blinds with looped cords/chains, Curtain cords, Bamboo, Roman and Venetian blind cords that have tassel's/beads attached on the end of the cords.
NOT to be used on Vertical blinds
REASON FOR INVENTION
(My immediate concern at the time of the new standard was that it was going to be to the detriment of the next families and child's life moving in to that property in the future, not knowing about the dangers of window blind cord strangulation.)
The reason for my invention back in Perth on January 2011 as the CIWC standard became mandatory for blind companies to comply with the standard was due to the fact that at the time of working as a window blind installer, I was alarmed at the frequency of the customer complaints and threats that other colleagues and I received about wanting to remove the safety devices (the cleat) from the walls once we had left the premises.
This is due to the fact that the cleats could not be hidden away from view between the blinds and the inside of the window, they had to be installed on the outside part of the wall and therefore ruining the aesthetic look of the house. And further more, as many homes built today don't have architraves around the window or use curtains to camouflage the cleat from view they cause even more of an eyesore. As i have outlined in the about page as to why most builders today are still showing there display homes with cleats where they have used venetian blinds.
(Many excuses from customers at the time were, i don't have any children or my kids have grown up).
My mission to give consumers another choice since January 2011 has come to a cross road.
WHAT WILL THE ACCC DO WITH THE CORDED INTERNAL WINDOW COVERING STANDARD?
Recommendation 1: Due to the fact that the CIWC standard is so vague, at the request of blind installers on the 14th of October 2013 Cordaid PTY LTD submitted a letter of proposal to the ACCC to have the CIWC standard hopefully be amended in some way or to allow for the Cordaid device to be mentioned in the standard in some way a.s.a.p, so that the window blind industry and the Australian consumer can ALSO utilise and benefit from the use of the Cordaid device when having NEW blinds installed today. As currently the device can only be purchased on-line by consumers with old blinds installed prior the the mandatory standard of 2011.
Recommendation 2: That the Cordaid device must be made available as an option in the packaging of all DIY blinds purchased on line and in retail stores, as in particular the very common premeasured DIY venetian blinds being purchased to be installed on sliding doors and on blinds for bay windows. These DIY blinds which are supplied with the safety device the cleat, has no practical place to attach the cleat to secure the cords other than above the window, which you would need a chair to utilise every time or on the opposite side of the blind from where the blind cords fall.
Recommendation 3: Finally I propose that the committee take this opportunity to have a mandatory standard also drawn up for rental properties and including homes up for sale. This will help improve the safety of all window blinds across Australia preventing even more deaths much sooner.
Please read under the Heading Renters as securing blind cords is still not a Mandatory standard for rental properties
(AS OF YET NO REPLY TO THE SUBMISSION BY THE ACCC)
I am proud to say, as from the 01/03/2012 of this website being published to the present day, there has been no refunds asked for, or complaints made against the functionality and practicality of the Cordaid device by the public.
The Mandatory Corded Internal Window Covering Standard of January 2011 in regards to the installation of the cleat has unfortunately with the best of intentions fallen short of its objectives today. As evidence provided to the ACCC in the submission by other businesses and I have proved that the standard is still being ignored today, not only by the public but incredibly also by some blind installers as well. This is due to the simple fact that the safety device the cleat is such an eyesore, as it is simply not possible to hide the device away from view when installed next to venetian blinds.
As well as the subsequent discovery that the cleat is ALSO limited in it's design as it cannot be practically installed with All types of ready-made venetian blinds.
Please read the ABOUT page for more details on the blinds mentioned above and other related issues.
THE MANDATORY STANDARD
RECENTLY REPORTED TRAGEDIES IN AUSTRALIA
Mr John Williamson from 'PARENTS FOR WINDOW BLIND SAFETY' who recently lost his grand-daughter to a looped blind cord accident stated to me after visiting my home in Perth back in 2011. "All internal window blinds with cords that can cause a strangulation hazard should be removed and phased out from households asap but unfortunately it wont happen over night, but for now after seeing this retro fitted device, i believe that this device is an effective and pragmatic solution in your home to keep internal blinds cords away from your loved ones". To find out more about Mr Williamson's cause please visit www .abc .net.au /local/audio/2011/03/30/3177979.htm .
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