The Importance of Door Safety in Day Care Centres

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In a day care center, the safety and well-being of the children in your care is always number one priority.

According to the National Safety Council, 300,000 door-related injuries requiring emergency room treatments take place each year – with children under four most vulnerable, their injuries often requiring amputation.

The Cap Speciality safety experts estimate that up to 90 percent of injuries sustained at child daycare facilities could’ve been prevented through better safety awareness and prevention.

It is crucial for daycare centers and other buildings which facilitate young children to have the right safety measures in place to prevent accidents from occurring, as when they do occur, this can cause a significant financial and reputational loss to a business, but most importantly it is a traumatic experience for the child involved and can cause lifelong problems.

In October this year, the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons released a report warning of the lifelong effects of finger-trapping accidents. Anna De Leo, Surgeon said: “Finger-tip injury alone can result in 20% loss of hand strength and can prevent people from pursuing their chosen career”.

In a daycare center it is common for automatic door closers to be in place. These are designed to slow down slammed doors to prevent finger-trapping accidents from occurring. However, this only protects the handle side of the door, and the majority of door-finger trapping injuries take place on the hinge side of the door.

In 2014, in a school in Suffolk, Virginia, a child severed her finger in one of the doors at school.

The five-year-old girl was acting as classroom door holder when her hand caught in the steel door – amputating part of her finger. Fortunately, ER doctors were able to re-attach the fingertip.

The young girls’ family were however left in the dark by the school about whether or not they would be able to cover the cost of the medical bills – which luckily for this family, the insurance company were able to cover all the costs.

In two other separate cases – where the fingers were actually re-attached, the settlements had price tags of $725,000 and $600,000.

The Solution

Door finger-trapping accidents can easily be prevented with the quick installation of door finger pinch guards.

The Fingershield Door Finger Pinch Guard is designed to be installed on the hinge side of the door to completely eliminate the chance of a hinge-trapping accident.

With over a million Fingershields installed in schools, child care centers YMCAs, military bases, gymnasiums, nursing homes, restaurants, leisure centres and more across the US, the UK and Europe – you can trust that Fingershield will provide the best protection against finger-trapping accidents.

Tested to 1.8 million openings, we pride ourselves on the quality and durability of our products – as well as the level of customer service we provide from start to finish.

Each Fingershield is easy to install and comes with a ten-year warranty, offering peace of mind with every purchase.

To find out more about Fingershield and door safety for your building, please do not hesitate to contact us here or on (904) 962-2688.