Study: Home paper shredders dangerous

Feb 06, 2006

Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine say home paper shredders are posing a risk of serious injuries to toddlers and pets.

"It's a dangerous piece of machinery and leaving it in the home unattended and accessible to young children could result in a serious hand injury," said Dr. George Foltin, associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine and director of the pediatric emergency department at Bellevue Hospital Center. "If you have one, it needs to be unplugged and out of children's reach."

The report also summarizes the findings of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's recent investigation into home paper shredder injuries. The article discusses several points of concern including the ages of injured. Twenty-two (71 percent) of the 31 home paper shredder injuries studied involved children under 12 years of age and most of the injuries that resulted in amputations occurred mostly to children under 6 years of age.

In anticipation of the growing risk, researchers concluded the article with a call to manufacturers to redesign the shredders to make them safer and to display clear warnings directly on the machines.

The study appears in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: New Hampshire bill requires cursive, multiplication tables

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New study shows safer methods for stem cell culturing

Feb 25, 2015

A new study led by researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the University of California (UC), San Diego School of Medicine shows that certain stem cell culture methods are associated with increased DNA mutations. ...

The revolution will be printed in 3-D

May 16, 2014

Three-dimensional printing is an increasingly important tool for industry and research, and the terminology as well as the technology is creeping into the consumer market. But what is it? And how are UCLA ...

Making dams safer for fish around the world

Apr 14, 2014

Think of the pressure change you feel when an elevator zips you up multiple floors in a tall building. Imagine how you'd feel if that elevator carried you all the way up to the top of Mt. Everest – in the ...

Recommended for you

Hunger for meat pushing food security to the edge

7 hours ago

Promoting more sustainable plant-based foods and reducing demand for meat and dairy products will be essential to feed billions of people and avoid serious and ongoing global food security impacts, warn experts ...

There is really a single ideal body shape for women?

8 hours ago

Many scholars of Renaissance art tell us that Botticelli's Birth of Venus captures the tension between the celestial perfection of divine beauty and its flawed earthly manifestation. As classical ideas blossom ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.