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Bunnings tightens safety after blinds without warnings sold

HARDWARE giant Bunnings will put measures in place  to protect children after it sold a range of window blinds that did not contain clear safety warnings.

Bunnings has already recalled more than 3600 Matchstick Blinds, which were sold between January and March.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission revealed on Wednesday it had accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from Bunnings to implement a range of compliance initiatives.

ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said the breach was uncovered during routine market surveillance.

"Safety warnings are crucial, especially when they relate to children. Labels on external packaging are meant to warn consumers prior to purchase of the risk of serious injury to children," Ms Rickard said.

"Loose curtain and blind cords can be dangerous to children - they may play with them, become tangled and not be able to release themselves to prevent choking. Parents should follow the tips below to keep their children safe."

Bunnings has assured the ACCC it will strengthen its current compliance program for window coverings, which will include conducting pre-shipping inspections, upgrading training for management and buyers and conducting regular audits.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Check every room for any blinds or curtains with long cords that are either loose or looped. To keep them out of children's reach you should secure these cords.
  • Do not put children's cots, beds, highchairs or playpens near a window where children can reach blind or curtain cords.
  • Do not place sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near windows with corded blinds or curtains.
  • Always supervise children in any rooms with reachable blind or curtain cords.

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