New standard protects child fingers from crushing injuries

Crushing injuries of child fingers happen quite frequently, particularly when doors are closing (on purpose or as a result of draught). In the Netherlands, for example, about 1900 treated injuries of children up to 4 years were reported in 2011. Apart from contusions also bone fractures may occur.

Such accidents can be prevented when finger protection products are used which are attached to doors. There are different types for the hinge as well as for the handle side of the door.

For such products the standard EN 16654 “Child protective products - Consumer fitted finger protection devices for doors - Safety requirements and test methods” is now available which was developped under the lead of the Consumer Council. Already in January 2013 a standard concerning child resistant locking devices for windows and balcony doors (EN 16281) had been published which was prepared by the same European standardisation committee.