30 May What better time is there to carry out a Door Finger Protector Checklist than Child Safety Week.
What better time is there to carry out a Door Finger Protector Checklist than Child Safety Week.
Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. They provide a range of resources to help practitioners run local activities and events and promote safety messages in a fun and engaging way.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.
We exist because accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury for children and young people.
Many of these accidents can be prevented.
This years’ Child Safety Week runs from Monday 3rd June to Sunday 9th June 2019.
Safety equipment can help to create a safer environment for your child. It doesn’t replace the need for supervision, especially with younger children, but it can make protecting your child easier.
So now for the Door Finger Protector Checklist
As administration and facility management prepare for another school year a visual inspection of installed door pinch protectors should be on your list. Walk through every entryway your children have access to and note:
- Are fingerguards installed covering the hinge side on the push and pull sides where a child can reach?
- Clean all finger pinch protectors with standard cleaning solutions and a rag.
- Open and close the door. If any pinch protection devices are unsnapped or cracked please double check that they are installed correctly. Occasionally we get calls about Fingersafe becoming unsnapped and we quickly discover that they are installed upside down! Accordions should fold flat against the frame, NOT the door .”Teeth” that snap into the retaining plate should be face down. Do not hesitate to call us with any questions or view fitting instructions https://www.fingersafegroup.com/fitting-instructions-and-specifications/
- Accordions should be snapped in tightly with three retaining screws centered top, middle, bottom on the retaining plate. Please do not use any other screws than what we provide, we are happy to mail out replacement screws if needed.
- Make sure there are no screws on the accordion, all screws should be centered on the retaining plate panel.
All teachers should also be educated on what to do incase of a finger amputation or injury. Clean, cover, and elevate! If there is an amputation do not put the finger on ice but have cool packs, gauze, a small cooler ready and know what to do incase an E.R. visit is necessary. We have heard first hand from several parents whose children could not have their finger attached due to the time delay in seeing a doctor or a portion of the finger being left at the injury site. An unexpected door slam is a sudden, dramatic event that catches everyone off guard. Any door outfitted correctly with Fingersafe guarantees that a hinge side injury can not occur but ALL doors must be protected.
Door safety prevention? Check! Door injury preparation? Check! Now relax.