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The risk of finger-trapping accidents occurring with doors that do not have covered hinges or door stoppers in place is always present – but the risk is much more heightened in educational settings like schools and daycare centers.

Young children are most at risk of finger-tripping accidents which can often result in fingers being severed, expensive medical bills for the child’s family, life-long damage and limitations and legal action taken against the daycare.

Finger-trapping accidents are easily prevented with the use of hinge guards and door stoppers and it is up to facility managers and directors to ensure that the right safety measures are in place to protect the children in your care.

We’re highlighting some of the most recent reports of finger-trapping accidents in schools and child care centers which have occurred in 2019 so far…

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At Fingershield™ LLC, we care about the safety of our children – of all children – and it’s our mission to ensure that they are as safe as possible, especially when at daycare or pre-school.

It’s something which is often overlooked during frequent health and safety risk assessments: Doors.

In 2017, the BBC and the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on the life-long effects of door finger-trapping accidents. Research in the US shows that more than 600,000 injuries resulting from getting fingers caught in doors occurred between 1999 and 2008 – leading to more than 67,000 amputations. In fact, BAPRAS reported that 1 in 6 fingertip injuries results in amputation.

41% of all door-related injuries happen to children aged four and under.

But how do you carry out a door safety risk assessment to understand what protection your doors need? Well, we’ve laid out a simple guide below to help you out.

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According to Primary Children’s Hospital, nearly 15,000 children are injured every year in the US due to a fall from a window, with 15 – 20 children being fatally injured from a fall.

A study by investigators at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2011 found that children ages 4 and younger account for 65% of hospitalizations for falls with head and neck injuries account for half the injuries.

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Last October, both the BBC and the Times in the UK reported on the life-long effects of finger-trapping accidents after the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) urged for the use of door stoppers and hinge protectors to be used to reduce fingertip injuries.

Research in the US shows that more than 600,000 injuries resulting from getting fingers caught in doors occurred between 1999 and 2008 – leading to more than 67,000 amputations. An additional 580,000 injuries were caused by impact with a door or hinge. 41% of all these injuries are to children aged four and under.

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