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Finger Crush Injuries

Getting your finger squashed in a door is really painful. This accident seems to happen quite a lot, with house doors, school fire doors, car doors and gates.

Don't let the door bite back!  Keep your fingers out!

Small fingers easily fit into the door hinge - the most common place for fingers to get crushed in doors.

Be careful where you put your fingers when a door is closing. 

Near the hinge (that's where the door is fixed to the wall) is the place you are most likely to get squashed.  If there are younger children around just make sure their fingers are clear before you shut the door. 

And that goes for car doors too!

Click on these doors below and see which ones are safe to shut without worrying about hurting your finger...

An increasing number of children are being admitted into hospital because of this injury with fractures, wounds or amputations.

Did you know since 2007 23 children have been admitted into Jersey's hospital because of a door finger crush injury.

Small fingers easily fit into the door hinge - the most common place for fingers to get crushed in doors.

An increasing number of children are being admitted into hospital because of this injury with fractures, wounds or amputations.

What can you do to reduce this risk?

House doors

  • Door jam - a foam 'C' shape that fits on the top of the door to stop it fully closing.  It's cheap and does exactly what it says on the packet.  But you do need to remember to remove it when not needed because your doors should be shut to prevent the risk of a fire spreading.
  • Sliding door jam - a gadget that easily fits onto a patio or glass sliding door.  A soft foam small hammer swings into the door space so it can not be closed fully.  If you want to close it you lift the hammer and shut the door. Easy!
  • Plastic hinge protector - a plastic cover that is screwed to the door and doorway completely covering the hinge.  This comes in various sizes and allows the door to be opened and closed with the device left in place at all times but the hinge always covered.

Car doors

  • Take care when shutting the car door - fingers usually get squashed in the door lock & handle side.  It usually happens when the person shutting the door is in a hurry and little fingers dive back in to get something or are just not quick enough to move out of the way.