Eye Protection when not at work

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While most of us understand the necessity of wearing eyewear while at work, there aren’t too many of us who think about safety glasses once we’ve clocked out for the day. Fact is that half of all eye injuries happen when we aren’t at work. Think about all the things that you do each day that have the potential for eye injury… mowing the lawn and other yard work, sports, home maintenance, car maintenance, even cooking (think about hot oil splashing into your eye!).

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So what are we to do? We can’t exactly walk around wearing safety glasses 24/7. The Prevent Blindness America foundation has some suggestions on their website at http://www.preventblindness.org/safety/homesafe.html. Here are some of the most note worthy.

  • Pad or cushion sharp corners and edges of furnishing and home fixtures.
  • Inspect and remove debris from lawns before mowing.
  • Keep paints, pesticides, fertilizers, and similar products properly stored in a secure area.
  • Keep your tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced.
  • Wear safety glasses or dust goggles to protect against flying particles, and chemical goggles to guard against exposure to fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Wear chemical safety goggles when using hazardous solvents and detergents.
  • Do not mix cleaning agents.
  • Know that regular eyeglasses don’t always provide enough protection.
  • Avoid toys with sharp or rigid points, shafts, spikes, rods, and dangerous edges.
  • Avoid flying toys and projectile-firing toys; these pose a danger to all children, particularly those under five years old.
  • Be aware of items in playgrounds and play areas that pose potential eye hazards.
  • Keep BB guns away from kids.
  • Wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball.
  • Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.
  • Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.

There are a lot more hints and tips at http://www.preventblindness.org

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