October is “Home Eye Safety Month.”
The Foundation Fighting Blindness cites a figure of 125,000 accidents per year involving products commonly found in the home. Avoid becoming part of that statistic by avoiding these four danger zones. A staggering 9 out of 10 eye injuries are preventable with proper precaution ahead of time.
Insufficient light, especially on stairway areas, can lead to falls that cause injury to eyes as well as broken bones.
Similarly, accidental encounters with furniture’s sharp edges can be equally dangerous to delicate eyes.
Improving lighting sources, protecting sharp edges, and using extra light when getting out of bed in the middle of the night are all ways you can reduce your risk of injuries from falls.
While such precautions may seem unnecessary, almost a thousand people a year are hospitalized due to eye injuries that resulted from slips and falls, a ten-year study by John Hopkins found.
2. Cleaning Supply Closet
Household chemicals can be more dangerous that you think. Chemical burns represent almost a tenth of all serious injuries to the eyes.
There are several sources of extremely caustic chemicals in the average home, including:
- other cleaning products
In some cases, it takes contact with the liquid itself to damage the eyes, but even exposure to concentrated fumes can damage sensitive eye surfaces. Use such chemicals in a well-ventilated area and store them securely in a locked cabinet that children cannot access.
3. Workshop Or Garage
Home repair and hobbyist activities such as woodworking are frequent causes of injuries to the eye.
Some kinds of crafting put the face dangerously close to sharp objects or moving parts.
Painting surfaces above the head has a potential for paint to drip into the eyes and face.
Power tools can propel anything from fine grains of sand to splinters to large fragments of metal or wood with astonishing force and speed.
Protect your eyes with safety goggles when doing this kind of work, even if it seems cumbersome at first. Eventually it will become habit and the safety glasses won’t be noticeable.
Car accidents are a leading source of eye injury.
Loose objects in the cabin can pose a risk to the eyes in a crash, so be sure to stow anything that’s not immediately needed.
Use safety restraints such as seat belts and car seats for children as appropriate for their age and size. Never let kids under age 12 sit in the front seat.
Children should not have toys in the car that are potentially dangerous should they come to a sudden stop. Avoid toys with sharp edges, small objects that could glance off the eye, and anything with the potential to become a projectile.
A 2016 meta study drilled down into improvements in safety in auto components such as laminated wind shields.
Keep your eyes safe this month—and every month—with these four tips.