The home can be a dangerous place if you aren’t aware of the risks that surround you. This is particularly true for your eyes and vision. Nearly half of all serious eye injuries take place in or around the home and the majority of these can be prevented with proper awareness and precaution. Whether you are cooking, cleaning, doing yard work or home repairs, it is important to be aware of the possible dangers to your eyes and to take preventative measures to protect them.
It is recommended that every household have at least one pair of protective eyewear on hand to use during activities, projects or tasks that could pose a danger to your eyes. While protective eyewear can reduce your risk of an eye injury by 90%, in fact, only 35% of North Americans wear protective eyewear during tasks that could be dangerous to their eyes. Such activities could include the following:
Use of dangerous or hazardous chemicals: Many substances, particularly cleaning chemicals, are hazardous and can be the cause of serious eye injuries and burns upon contact. In fact, household cleaning products like bleach cause 125,000 eye injuries a year.
Proximity to flying debris: Particularly when working in the yard mowing, trimming, shoveling and clipping, debris and particles can be thrown into the air that can enter your eye. This goes for those actually doing the gardening as well as bystanders.
Using sharp tools: Whether you are dealing with hammers, nails and screws or shovels and clippers, it is important to protect your eyes. Many eye injuries are caused by the actual tools which are mishandled, dropped or used carelessly.
Projectiles: Particularly with power tools, nails and screws, flying objects pose a serious danger to the eyes. Never use power tools without protective eyewear.
When it comes to selecting protective eyewear there are certain requirements that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established for eyewear to certify for safety. Our eyewear experts are happy to ensure that you find the best protection for you and your family.