The Importance of Eye Safety at Home

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We are so focused on eye protection at work and rightly so. Each day about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment.
Safety glasses at a minimum are required at all times in the plant, with goggles, face shields, welding helmets or full-face respirators required for a number of other jobs. These rules are strictly enforced. But what happens when we leave work and go home.
 

HOME EYE INJURY STATISTICS

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology:
  • There are 1.5 million eye injuries that happen at home every year.
  • 90% of these injuries could have been prevented by using protective eyewear.
  • ​Accidents involving common household chemical products cause approximately 125,000 eye injuries each year.

DANGEROUS HOME ACTIVITIES

  • Painting, sanding drilling and hammering.
  • Nail guns (14,800 nail gun incidents a year)
  • Cooking and cleaning
  • Yard work (ever get hit by debris when using a line trimmer)

​PROTECTIVE EYEWAR REMINDERS

  • Wear chemical safety goggles when using hazardous solvents and detergents, and do not mix cleaning agents.
  • Turn spray nozzles away from your face.
  • Read and follow directions when opening bottle-tops (i.e. wine, carbonated beverages).  Many eye-related injuries are attributed to champagne corks.
  • Wear safety glasses when cutting grass or using a trimmer or edger.
  • Wear safety glasses when doing any woodworking activities
  • Wear recommended protective eyewear during sports and recreational activities.
  • If you get something in your eye do not rub, if chemical related flush the eye immediately for at least 15 minutes.
  • Do not remove objects that are stuck in the eye as this could cause vital fluids to leak out.
  • Do not wash eye when dealing with cuts or punctures.
  • Use a cold compress to treat a blunt trauma injury such as a black eye, do not apply pressure.
  • Get immediate medical attention for any eye injury.

PROTECT YOUR EYES AT HOME LIKE YOU DO AT WORK!

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