Every day, hundreds of children, especially those under the age of five, are prone to finger trapping injuries in the home as well as in child care facilities. The greatest danger to children is when they get their fingers caught in the hinge side of the of the doors – between the door and the door frame. As the door closes, it acts like a vice with hundreds of pounds of pressure per square inch. As a result either the children get their fingers pinched, bruised, crushed, fractured or even cut off. Every year, thousands children in preschools and child care centers children receive emergency medical treatment for pinched, crushed or amputated fingers and hands. The potential liability and the cost of medical expenses associated with each finger pinch incident can be in the thousands of dollars.
To ensure the safety in homes, child care facilities, play centers, restaurants, schools, or public buildings should be a priority for all concerned. PinchShield’s door finger guards prevent child finger trapping injuries, are specifically designed prevent trips to the emergency room, and unwanted liability claims. Pinch Shield finger guards are a very affordable investment in return for reducing liability, stress and the costly expenses of emergency treatment..
Many insurance companies are encouraging pre-schools and child care facilities to install door finger guards so that they can limit the amount of money they have to pay out in costly liability. There is also an increase in the number of State licensing agencies which now require door finger guards in order for child care centers to operate.
The concept of Pinch Shield door finger pinch protection kits is simple. The protective, flexible strips cover the gap between the door and door frame on both the push and pull sides of the door. Only basic tools are needed for the simple DIY installation – tape measure, pencil, and screwdriver. All kits come with detailed installation instructions and there are installation videos on the PinchShield website.
- BASIC GUARDS – The clear basic guards are designed for home, apartments or home childcare where there are only a few children. They are semi-transparent and suitable for doors of all colors. It is available in two lengths: 47.2″ (120cm) or 70.9″(180cm). They are suitable only for those doors which open up to 110 degrees. It is an excellent value for your money and virtually maintenance free. The Basic Guards have been tested for over 100,000 openings and closings which mean they are very durable will last for many years.
- PROFESSIONAL GUARDS – The PRO version is more heavy-duty, and designed for high traffic areas such as busy child care centers, and play and activity facilities for children. They are available in three colors: White or Brown or Dark Grey. The PRO can be installed variety of doors types that open up to 170 degrees and is available in three lengths: 70.9″(180cm), 76.8″(195 cm), and 90.2″(229 cm). The PRO has been tested for over 250,000 openings and closings which mean they will last for many years. They can be temporarily unhooked for periodic maintenance.
The PinchShield finger guards are made from a combination of PVC and TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer). You can clean the BASIC and PRO guard strips with normal, non-abrasive and non-harsh, household cleaners. They come with a warranty of one year. An investment in PinchShield’s door finger guards prevents child finger trapping injuries, medical expenses, and potential liability claims.