The Thing about Doors...

The story of door related injuries and a way to prevent them

Start to assume they're dangerous

Doors are a common object, something we see everyday when going to school, work, or a bunch of other stuff/places involving doors. We don't think much of them, because they're always just... there. Although, to be honest, there's a lot more going on with them than the average person might think.

Doors cause injuries, some minor, others... Not so much.

People slamming their fingers on doors happens from time to time; it's not something new. Some just tend to get some minor bruising and end up forgetting about it later anyway. But what about the others that suffered something more?



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Every year there are over 300,000 door related injuries that end up requiring a trip to the emergency room, and out of those 300,000, 15,000 of them result in amputation. The majority of the accidents take place on the side of the door that has the hinge (the gap is huge... So it's not very shocking) and they tend to happen to kids 14 years and under (around 45,000 cases).

The force is strong with the door - quite literally

It's no surprise, really, that a door is able to cause someone to have to amputate a finger (or break something). The pressure a door can exert on the hinge side of a door can reach up to 40 tons per square inch, and that much pressure on a teeny little finger... The odds aren't in that kid's favor.
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There is a way to prevent it from happening though!

With the thing shown on the drawing above (haven't decided what to call it yet), injuries caused by the pressure of the door can be reduced, and could possibly be stopped altogether. It's nothing too extravagant, so it's pretty much affordable for most people. The invention [thing] is technically just a piece of rounded off plastic that wraps around the door and a part of the door frame, preventing people from actually getting their fingers through the (stupidly HUGE) gap in the door.


It's decently simple to attach to the door, the only really difficult thing to do would probably be the slit that needs to be cut into the door frame in order to get the plastic to go all the way around.

But...!

Even with that difficult-ish thing, the number of injuries could be dropped tremendously and hopefully one day, stopped altogether.


And remember... Stay safe around doors (never thought I'd say that EVER...)


~if there are any questions you have,or maybe there's something I failed to mention, please make sure to hunt me down if needed~

Additional things that haven't been mentioned before:

+Measurement of door hinge side: About 83 inches in height. The prototype would be about 5 inches less than that, just so that it doesn't scrape the top of the door frame (but still long enough to cover the gap of the door).


++I also see that I failed to mention what would be done on the handle side of the door, considering that the main focus of this article was on the hinge side. On the handle side, there would probably be a sensor (or maybe two...) that would be on the top and bottom of the door frame by the handle/doorknob side that would be in two small holes drilled in those areas (the holes would probs be 3'x3' squares, like a post-it.). If it senses that somebody's fingers are there while the door is closing, two stoppers (they have a wireless connection to the sensors of course) will come out and prevent the door from closing until the person removes their fingers from the edge.


Cost of items yet to be determined.


+++If the person wants one or both items to be colored to complement their door and home decor or something (idk why, but whatever), then there will be an additional charge, depending on how simple or complicated they want it to be decorated.


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That's all for the moment.

About the author of this (badly) written article...

There's nothing to know.


Be careful around doors kids.


Seriously. ☠