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Finger Safety

Fingers In Danger With Some Garage Doors

It is the most common accident associated with a garage door.

A finger or hand gets caught in the section joint of a garage door far too easily, statistics from the Consumer Safety Product Commission show.  Approximately 20,000 people are injured each year in garage door or garage door opener related problems.  Most of those accidents involve fingers or hands getting caught in a garage door.

Given a moving door, the result can leave a hand or finger, broken, crushed or severely bruised.

The CPSC first raised concern about finger dangers in the garage door industry in the late 20th century.  Since then several garage door companies have responded by offering doors with protective joints, which keep fingers from getting in the door.

Amazingly some door manufacturers continue to produce and sell doors without that built in protection.

The following YouTube video shows a person getting their finger worked on at the hospital after getting it caught in their garage door: (Graphic Content)

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FingerShield by Martin Garage Door

There’s an easy solution to the problem of finger protection.

Insist the garage door you buy have some sort of protection system in place for the section joints.

The technology to protect fingers and hands near a garage door has been available for more than a decade. 

For example, Martin offers FingerShield™ Garage Doors providing safer garage door section joints, special Roller Shields™ over moving rollers, smaller holes in the tracks, Lock-on torsion springs, Reverse Angle Shield™, etc.  Most Martin Garage Doors have the complete Finger Shield™ system.

Many door companies offer some finger protection. Even today, many manufacturers make wood doors and modern glass residential garage doors without any section joint finger protection.

As time has shown, with thousands of finger and hand injuries a year in a garage door, it’s an option no homeowner should be without.