Prevent Eye Injuries at Home
General Safety Tips
- Wear protective eyewear or glasses when working with chemicals to protect your eyes from splashes. Never mix cleaning agents and always wash your hands after use.
- Keep all household chemicals and paints locked up away from children.
- Do not use bungee or elastic cords. They may snap into your eye and blind you.
- Champagne corks or the tops of some carbonated beverages can fly into the eye and blind
you. Point them in a safe direction.
Especially for Children
The leading cause of blindness in children is eye injury and three out of four of children’s eye injuries happen when no adult is present.
- Avoid toys with sharp or rigid points, shafts, spikes, rods and dangerous edges.
- Do not let children of any age use projectile-firing toys without adult supervision.
- Pad or cushion sharp corners and edges of furnishing and home fixtures.
- Install cabinet and drawer locks in kitchens and bathrooms.
- Do not let children play in areas where cats and dogs go to the bathroom.
- Do not let children play with sticks
In the Car
- Know the proper procedures for handling batteries and jump-starting cars. “Dead” batteries can explode and splash you with acid. When jump starting a car, the last connection is theblack cable to the good battery or car body to prevent the bad battery from exploding.
- Use infant and child safety seats, safety belts and shoulder harnesses. Keep children in the back away from air bags.
In the Workshop
- Wear safety glasses when grinding or pounding to protect against flying particles.
- Never look directly at a solar eclipse or a welders’ torch.
- Extinguish cigarettes or matches before working around flammable materials or opening the hood of the car.
Around the Yard
- Wear safety glasses or goggles especially when chopping wood or using power trimmers on bushes and trees.
- Inspect and remove rocks and twigs from lawns before mowing. Keep children and others out of the area where you are mowing.