The Importance of Eye Safety at Home
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!