CHILD SAFETY

At Dollar Curtains and Blinds we pride ourselves on always being at the forefront of child safety. All of our products comply with the Australian child safety standards.

We are continuously introducing new ways to improve the safety of all of our products as well as ensuring we include warning labels on products which could be a risk.

STEPS TO REDUCE THE RISK...

Follow these four simple steps to ensure that Curtain and Blind cords/chains in your home are out of reach of children, particularly children under six.

1. Check your Curtain and Blind cords

  • Do this anywhere you are staying, including on holiday.
  • Check for loose or looped cords that your child can reach from the floor or by climbing on furniture.
  • Immediately tie cords out of reach and move away any furniture children might climb on to reach them.

2. Secure loose cords out of reach

  • Buy cleats or tensioning devices from one of our showrooms.
  • Use at least two screws to fix each cleat or tensioning device in a place that is out of reach of children.
  • Never secure these devices with materials that fail when a load is placed on them, such as double- sided tape or glue.

You can cut the dangerous loop out of some cords/ chains and attach a tassel to the end of each strand.
Some blinds will not operate without the loop, so get specialist advice before doing this.

If you cannot fix your unsafe cords and chains out of reach, get a reliable tradesperson to do it for you. If you are renting your home, seek help from your landlord or agent.

3. Choose safe Curtains and Blinds

Only buy new Curtains and Blinds which:

  • Have warning labels to remind you of the dangers to children
  • Provide a way to secure cords/chains so there are no loops or strands that children can reach, or
  • Operate without exposed cords/chains.

4. Keep children away from all cords/chains

  • Move anything a young child can sit in, stand in or climb on (like cots, highchairs, beds, sofas, tables, chairs and bookshelves) away from cords/ chains—even those tied around a cleat, as your child may be able to untie them.
  • Do not let your child play near cords/chains they can easily reach.
  • Never leave your child alone in a room with cords/chains they can reach.

PRODUCTS WHICH REDUCE THE RISK...

  • Our range of fully automated motor systems. With no cords being used, these can be fitted to many of our products, allowing a child safe alternative.
  • Verticals with a wand system. The wand has an inbuilt cord to tilt the blade.
  • Curtains on a Motorised or Hand Operated Track.
  • Drift panels with no cords.
  • Shutters which use no cords.

For more information please read the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Blind and Curtain Cords Safety Alert attached below.

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Blind and Curtain Cords Safety Alert

 
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    Thursday, February 02, 2017

    Can window COVERINGS save you money? We recently spoke with realestate.com.au (http://realestate.com.au/) about how the right window coverings can and ..
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    Can window COVERINGS save you money?

    We recently spoke with realestate.com.au about how the right window coverings can and will save home owners money.

    Uncovered windows are responsible for up to 40 per cent of the heat loss from a home in winter, and up to 50 per cent of unwanted heat gain in summer.

    A one degree fall in temperature in your home adds 10 per cent to your heating bill. Conversely an increase in temperature in summer adds significantly to the energy required for cooling.

    Choosing the right window coverings will create an insulating layer of still air on the inside of the glass and this reduces heat loss through windows resulting in a greater control over the interior temperature of your home and significant savings on power bills. It works in the same way in summer to keep the hot air out and the cool air in. So yes our window coverings can and will save you money!

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    The beauty of curtains is there abundance of both aesthetic and practical benefits. Aesthetically speaking they add softness and warmth to a room. Curtains shape and frame your windows, adding the illusion of height to rooms and the fabric creates movement and texture.

    In addition to the visual opportunities they offer the practical benefits of curtains are endless. Curtains offer increased thermal and noise insulation, UV protection, privacy and room darkening. Curtains are the top window covering for energy efficiency so they are truly worth the investment and will save you money in the long term.

    Our pelmets form a barrier that stops warm air that has risen to the top of the room from escaping over the top of the curtain or blind & through your window. Pelmets also stop air coming back through the glass in summer by trapping it under the pelmet before it gets into the room. There cant be enough said of the benefit of adding pelmets over your curtains or blinds to ensure your not wasting your money on heating or cooling your home. Without pelmets the hot or cool air will simply escape through the top of your window.



    Our Whisper cellular blinds are the top blind product for energy efficiency. They are constructed using a fabric that is cellular / honeycomb in shape providing superior insulation properties. This unique shape traps air helping to create a more constant indoor temperature, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. The unique construction of our Whisper cellular blinds results in savings of up to 32 per cent on your energy costs. When lifted they also have one of the smallest stack backs available. This minimal stack back along with its cord lock operation creates minimal obstruction to your views and can let you allow in the maximize natural light.



    Another popular product is our double roller blinds. They offer double the insulation; by having two blinds in one you have two air pockets to keep the cool air out. Control of each blind is separate so you can enjoy your window views and soft diffused light during the day and have complete privacy and darkness at night. Very handy!!



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    Sustainability Victoria also recommend this to help improve your homes insulation. A recent article from Sustainability Victoria identified how a poorly fitted curtain allows heat loss to occur, while a well fitted curtain combined with a pelmet significantly reduces heat loss.

    AND lets not forgot awnings and outdoor blinds. Our Alpha Awnings for example are proven to significantly reduce cooling energy costs by keeping a standard home at a consistent and comfortable temperature throughout the summer months. Independent tests have shown that they offer energy cost reductions of up to 58%.


     

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  • New Federation Collection

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    Traditional style fabrics are a constant in interiors as you can re-invent the patterns with a modern twist.  The choice of colours in this range only enhances the fluidity of its use and with stripes, damasks and diamond jacquards. This range competes with any high end fabric compilation in the same theme overseas and locally.

     

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    Monday, September 12, 2016

    We are thrilled that our strong partnership with Ricky Richards has helped to exceed their target of $100,000 by raising $102,668 in the first year of their ..
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    We are thrilled that our strong partnership with Ricky Richards has helped to exceed their target of $100,000 by raising $102,668 in the first year of their partnership with the Melanoma Institute Australia.

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    If you’re looking for a window treatment that offers sun control and the ability to invite cool breezes in, while also allowing uninterrupted outside views, the outlook collection of fabrics from Ricky Richards is the ideal solution. 


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