Call for Safety Improvements in Design of Domestic Paper Shredders




Article by: Vincent Woodall

The US Consumer Product , Broken Key Removal (Pin Tumbler Locks) Safety Commission (CPSC) carried out an nvestigation of reported finger injuries, including amputations, and the characteristics of domestic , Surveillance Equipment – The Assurance Of Security paper shredders , The Use of Light to Secure Your Home that might have contributed to those injuries. The National Electronics Injury Surveillance , Tropical Hurricane Helene is Howling System (NIESS) database collected 23 reported finger injuries attributable to domestic , Emergency Disaster Planning - Building a Reserve paper shredders. , Emergency Disaster Planning - Building a Reserve The ages of the victims ranged from 14 months upwards. Of the 23 reported finger injuries caused by a domestic , Tornado Safety Tips paper shredder , Broken Key Removal (Pin Tumbler Locks) mechanism, fifteen involved children aged 5 years and under. However, finger injuries from domestic , Home Security, Car Security, and Personal Security Basics paper shredders , Surveillance Equipment – The Assurance Of Security have been reported in victims of 20 years old and even 65 years old. This report was published in December 2004.

The most severe injuries, amputations, involved children. Injury occurred even when a child was feeding paper into a shredder , Tornado Safety Tips under adult supervision but did not release the paper in time to prevent their fingers from entering the shredder opening. As the paper shredder , CCTV continued to pull the paper into the shredder , Don't Wait for a Hurricane Katrina to Do Your Home Inventory! opening, it also pulled in the children's fingers.

Since most paper shredders , Tropical Storm Nadine have auto start features, , Tropical Storm Nadine a child can be at risk even when an adult is present. A child may insert a piece of paper into the shredder , Todays Home Security opening and activate the shredder , Todays Home Security mechanism, allowing it to pull the paper (and possibly the child's fingers) into the shredder. , Tropical Hurricane Joyce; No Need to Rejoice Children are not conscious of hazards to themselves and may not let go of the paper as it is being pulled in.

Paper shredders , Utilizing Customer Service at Your Home Security Company can pose a risk of finger injury to children as young as 15 months because of their small finger size. With no force applied, a child's finger would be unlikely to penetrate the shredder , All in One Hidden Digital Video Recorders opening since their finger diameter is typically larger than a paper shredder , The Leading Causes for Insurance Claims and What You Can Do About Them opening. However, depending on the design , Safety Alert! - All the Predators Come Out After Dark of the shredder, , How Home Security Monitoring Works the shredder , Keeping Your Emergency Information Secure and Available opening may enlarge as the shredder , All in One Hidden Digital Video Recorders pulls in the paper and child's fingers. The height of a 15-month-old can be more than twice the height of a domestic , International Terrorist 911 Style Cyber Attack paper shredder, , Home Security System, You Are A winner putting them within easy reach of the paper shredder , Avoiding Crimes When Parking opening.

The International standard that applies to paper shredders , Tropical Depression and Storm Michael is IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission). The methods of testing the safety , International Terrorist 911 Style Cyber Attack of shredders , All in One Hidden Digital Video Recorders has in the past involved the use of a probe which was meant to represent the dimensions of the fingers of a twelve year old child. The probe was not designed or intended to determine the risk of injury to younger children.

The shredders , Tips for Preventing False Alarms with Your Home Security Alarm System that were tested prior to the report produced by the U.S. Consumer Product , Surveillance Equipment Safety Commission were on sale for between $20 and $70. The design , Home Security - Eight Things You Must Do To Deter Burglars characteristics of domestic , Surveillance Equipment paper shredders , Earthquake Preparation is Your Family Safe? that may contribute to the danger to toddlers include the width of the opening or "throat", the stiffness of the material from which the shredder , How to Protect with Home Security, Security Window Bars, Security Windows, Security Window Laminates "throat" is constructed, the distance from the opening to the cutting mechanism and the pulling power , How Not To Be A Victim of the shredding mechanism. In general, the crosscut shredders , Better Hearing with Listening Devices tested allowed larger diameter probes to pass through the shredder , Utilizing Customer Service at Your Home Security Company "throat" than the strip cuts shredders , How Home Security Monitoring Works that were tested. Since crosscut shredders , Alarm System: Smoke and Heat Detectors require more power , How Home Security Monitoring Works to shred paper the motors were consistently more powerful and this would pull a child's fingers in more easily. None of the shredders , Thermal Imaging to See Inside Private Residences; Patriot Act? tested had a separate On/Off switch separate from the Auto / Forward / Reverse functions. Critical safety , Todays Home Security information was not universally displayed on all models and some had no warnings at all at the shredder , Home Security System, You Are A winner "throat". Some shredders , How Home Security Monitoring Works did not show contrasting colours , Tips for Preventing False Alarms with Your Home Security Alarm System for the switches which may be a safety , Alert! - All the Predators Come Out After Dark concern if it should become necessary to turn off a shredder , Is Your Burglar Alarm Accredited? or put it into reverse in an emergency. , Keeping Your Information Secure and Available

Some of the observations given by the U.S.CPSC can be summarised as follows:-

"¢ Crosscut shredders , Home Security, Car Security, and Personal Security Basics allowed thicker rigid rods to enter the shredder , Earthquake Preparation is Your Family Safe? throat than did strip cut shredders

"¢ Cross cut shredders , Tropical Storm Nadine were more powerful and thus more likely to pull in a child's fingers

"¢ Crosscut shredders , Tropical Hurricane Fat Alberto allowed the smallest compressible probe to enter the shredder , Auto Theft - What You Can Do To Protect Your Vehicle throat

"¢ Crosscut shredders , Smart Home Security Measures For Your Windows allowed larger compressible probes to enter the shredder , Fireproof Safes - For A Safer Future throat

"¢ Only some shredders , Tornado Safety Tips had an OFF position on the function switch

"¢ No shredder , Home Security - Eight Things You Must Do To Deter Burglars tested had a separate ON/OFF switch separate from the Auto/Forward/Reverse functions

"¢ Not all shredders , Tips for Preventing False Alarms with Your Home Security Alarm System carried the same hazard markings at the shredder , Home Security Cameras - The Icing On The Cake "throat"

"¢ Some shredders , Safety Alert! - All the Predators Come Out After Dark did not have contrasting colours , Using an Outdoor Spy Cam for the hazard markings

"¢ Some shredders , Earthquake Preparation is Your Family Safe? did not have contrasting colours , International Terrorist 911 Style Cyber Attack for the function markings

The CPSC came to some conclusions on the samples tested, but pointed out that this was not a statistical sampling or a sample of all types of paper shredders:-

"¢ Paper shredders , Keeping Your Emergency Information Secure and Available pose the greatest threat of finger injuries to children between the ages of 15 months and 2½ years (based on incident data)

"¢ The level of risk depends on the design , Fireproof Safes - For A Safer Future of the shredder , Earthquake Preparation is Your Family Safe? opening or "throat"

"¢ Current testing (as at December 2004) did not relate to hazards involving small children

"¢ The design , Don't Wait for a Hurricane Katrina to Do Your Home Inventory! of the shredder , Surveillance for the homeowner "throat" determines the amount of force required to insert a probe into the shredder. , First Aid Information In Case Of A Hurricane These factors include width of opening, stiffness of opening, distance from opening to shredder , Fireproof Safes - For A Safer Future mechanism, compressibility of fingers and the pulling force of the shredder , Tips for Preventing False Alarms with Your Home Security Alarm System involved.

The researchers called for domestic , Todays Home Security paper shredder manufacturers , Avoiding Crimes When Parking to redesign the shredders , Thermal Imaging to See Inside Private Residences; Patriot Act? to improve safety , CCTV aspects and for them to carry clear warnings directly on the machines. The authors also recommended that paediatricians ask parents whether they have a paper shredder , Is Your Burglar Alarm Accredited? in the home , Auto Theft - What You Can Do To Protect Your Vehicle and if so to advise them to leave it unplugged and out of reach and to never allow a child to use the shredder, , Tips for Preventing False Alarms with Your Home Security Alarm System even when an adult is present.

David Jenkins, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in the UK was recently quoted by Sarah Womack, of The Daily Telegraph as saying "I am not aware of a problem in this country yet but with the increasing popularity of paper shredders , The Necessity of Spy Electronics - and if similar designs , Keeping Your Emergency Information Secure and Available are available here as in America - accidents are likely to happen".
Vincent Woodall is sales manager for AB Technology (London) Ltd who supply over 300 models of shredder , Todays Home Security from 9 manufacturers. , Home Security, Car Security, and Personal Security Basics Find them at http://www.abt-shredders.co.uk

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