What is a "PinchShield" finger guard?
It is an articulated (folding) plastic strip used to cover the gap where the hinges attach the door to the frame. It prevents kids or adults from getting their fingers trapped and broken inside the door gap. It is best to attach a strip on "both" sides of the door - or what are called, the PULL and PUSH sides of the door.
Why install "PinchShield" finger guards?
If a person gets their finger trapped in the door it's like getting your fingers crushed by large pliers. The fingers can get buised, bones can be broken and in the worst case, the finger(s) may need to be amputated. Don't wait to order PinchShield until after the accident. Your insurance company may or may not cover your claim.
Liability Issues - Are finger guards mandatory for child care and similar facilities?
Unfortunatlry, most States have not yet established mandatory requirements to install door finger guards as a condition for licensing. See the current List of States and their requirements. We are encouraging States to make finger guards mandatory.
In addition, some insurance companies have takien positive steps toward making finger guards mandatory in order that your insurance coverage is maintained. They do not want to pay out expensive liability claims. Check with your insurance provider. An upcoming project is to identify the insurance companies that have door fingerguards as part of their policy.
Where is"PinchShield" manufactured?
PinchShield is the USA distributor for Arte Viva, the largest and most successful finger guard manufacturer in Europe. They have sales and distribution in 60 countries. The product meets or exceeds all European and international safety standards.
What kinds of doors can you use on?
The primary market is for interior doors. For more details on the types of doors, see Installation BASIC or installation PRO for details. We do not recommend for use on the outside of exterior doors (can be affected by extreme heat, cold and UV rays).
Can it be used on doors with panic bars?
The PinchShield finger guards are not designed to go around or over panic bars. Innovative clients have devised their own solutions, but cutting or trimming the finger guards to accommodate panic bars may affect the effectiveness and will void our warranty. Every situation is slightly different.
What is the best length?
This will depend on the age/size of the users (kids, adults, seniors).
For residential use with small children the BASIC 1.2 = 47" (120cm) will work fine.
For areas with taller people , you may use a longer style:
Kit 1.8 = 70.9" (180 cm)
Kit 1.9 = 76.8" (195 cm)
Kit 2.2 = 90.2" (225 cm)
Kit 2.4 = 96.6" (245 cm)
In most cases there will be a gap between the top of the finger guard and the top of the door - not a problem if users cannot reach above the top of the finger guard.
We can provide custom lengths, but there is a minimum order of 500 pieces.
What is it made of?
The finger guards are made from a combination of PVC and TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer)
How do you attach?
Generally use the self-adhesive tape which is already on the guard strips. For busy or commercial areas, we recommend you also use additional reinforcement screws (included with the PRO version).
For a person with average handyman skills who has read all the instructions in advance and has all the required tools, the average installation should take about 10 minutes (not including installing additional screws).
See Installation BASIC or installation PRO for details.
Is there any memory action that closes the door?
It is possible that the installed strip will cause the open door to close a little, but it will never have the force to close the door all the way. The reason for some possible door closing is that at the time of production all finger guards are pleated like an accordion.
When installed, the strip wants to come back into the shape or configuration in which it was produced by the extrusion machine.
Over time this return "memory" fades.
This has never been an issue for customers.
The PRO guard strips can be temporarily detached on one side to clean the door hinge area. Clean the the BASIC and PRO guard strips with normal, non-abrasive and non-harsh, household cleaners like Mr. Clean, 409, etc
In what colors are they available?
The BASIC strips are available in CLEAR only
The PRO strips are available in WHITE, or BROWN depending on the length - check order page
We will have a "Raincheck" symbol on the order page if out of stock. Please check with us prior to ordering.
Custom colors/lengths can be manufactured for you - minimum order at least 500 pieces - please call us for details.
How do you clean the door and frame before installation?
Use a good degreaser - alcohol wipes (isopropyl alcohol) are included when you order. Make sure you remove all oil, dirt and grease, including fingerprints. This is important to ensure the best possible adhesion.
Can you cut the guard strips?
You can; however, we very strongly recommend that you do not or it may reduce the effectiveness and will also void the warranty. We recommend that you purchase the correct length to start with. If you have to cut we receommend you use a miter or chop saw with a high tooth count Diablo blade - otherwise the strips could crack or split.
Are the finger guards fire rated?
Pinch Shield guards are not fire rated , however, If you have fire doors, our finger guards will not have any impact on the fire rating of the door itself.
How long is your warranty?
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