October is Home Eye Safety Month and Caring Connection wants to bring awareness to the problem of eye injuries occurring at home. While many would assume that most eye injuries occur at the work place (especially industrial), the reality is that about half of all eye injuries occur at home.
4 Common Causes of Eye Injuries at Home
- Consumer Products/Chemicals – the most common reason for eye injuries, especially with seniors, are accidental spraying or splashing of cleaners, pesticides, and household products.
- Falls – taking precautions to reduce the risk of falls is going to not only save from possible fractures, bruises and tears to the body but, also hitting the eye area itself during a fall. It’s not uncommon to find that those at risk for falling trip and get a black eye; sometimes even causing loss of vision.
- Gardening/Outdoor Accidents – many people forget how dangerous lawnmowers, weed whackers, and other small engine tools can be; often causing debris to be thrown out from the working area at high rates of speed. Even the smallest of twigs can hurt and do damage when ejected at high speeds by the blades of a lawnmower or blown into eyes with a leaf blower.
- Hand Tools – accidents happen with hand tools in a number of different ways, especially if tools aren’t well maintained and checked to ensure that they won’t fall apart during use. Flying objects when using hand tools can result in eye injuries.
How to Avoid Eye Injuries at Home
- Practice Chemical Safety – Never mix chemicals and wear goggles any time you are using chemicals (even for cleaning) because splashes and over sprays are common. Read labels carefully and know how to react if chemicals should happen to come in contact with the eyes.
- Reduce Your Risk of Falling – Take special precautions such as removing throw rugs, making sure all areas are well lit both inside and outdoors to avoid tripping, and keep pathways clear.
- Outdoors – Always wear eye protection while using outdoor tools such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, wood chippers, snow blowers and other outdoor tools. Pay attention to surroundings to avoid eye injuries from slipping, tripping or falling, stones or twigs being thrown, or worn tools breaking or operating improperly.
- Don’t Let Down Your Guard – One of the biggest reasons eye injuries occur at home is that you tend to feel safe and don’t take the same precautions that you’re most likely required to take when at a job. Being in your comfort zone doesn’t mean letting down your guard.
Protecting your eyesight is important.
You only get one pair of eyes so avoiding eye injuries is a must.
Photo by Brian Leon of Ottawa