Believe it or not, the average home is full of dangers that often go unnoticed. In fact, accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year.
Ninety percent of these eye injures can be prevented through understanding, safety practices and the use of proper eye protection.
You can reduce the risks of eye injuries for yourself and other family members by using this simple checklist for different areas of your home:
Provide lights and handrails to improve safety on stairs.
Inspect and remove debris from lawns before mowing.
Keep paints, pesticides, fertilizers, and similar products properly stored in a secure area.
Keep your tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced.
Wear safety glasses or dust goggles to protect against flying particles, and chemical goggles to guard against exposure to fertilizers and pesticides.
Wear chemical safety goggles when using hazardous solvents and detergents.
Read and follow all manufacturer instructions and warning labels.
Do not mix cleaning agents.
Know that regular eyeglasses don't always provide enough protection.
Around the Home
Each year, thousands of children 5 and under have eye accidents at home, at play, or in the car. These eye injuries can damage a child's sight and even cause blindness. Taking a few simple steps can help prevent eye injuries to your child.
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Source: 2019 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.