You might think your family home is a fairly safe and unthreatening place, what you didn’t know is that your home is a very common place to suffer from eye injuries! More than half of the reported eye injuries occur in the comfort of your own home!
Eye Injury Risk in the House
- Using hazardous products and chemicals such as oven cleaner and bleach for cleaning and other chores. (Accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year).
- Splattering hot grease and oil while cooking.
- Opening champagne bottles during a celebration.
- Drilling or hammering nails into the walls or other hard surfaces ( the screws/nails can become projectiles or fragments can come off the surface.
- Using hot objects such as curling irons around the face.
- Loose rugs and railings that could potentially cause slips or falls.
Injury Risk in the Yard
- Mowing the lawn.
- Clipping hedges and bushes.
- Debris of dust or falling trees, branches.
Eye Injury Risks in the Garage or Workshop
- The use of tools (power or hand).
- Working with solvents or other chemicals.
- Ding any task that can produce fragments, dust particles or other eye irritants.
- Keep in mind, bystanders also face a significant risk and should also take part in the necessary precautions to prevent injuries to the eye.
Remember to always wear eye protection and use equipment in a safe manner.