Proper Eye Protection in the Home, Yard and Garage Can Help Prevent Eye Injuries
- Accidents with Power Tools Cause More Eye Injuries than Any Other Product-
CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2014) –In 2013, more than 94,000 adults and children were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States for eye injuries from products. Many of these products are used in and around the home, including power tools and cleaning supplies.
Prevent Blindness has declared October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month to help educate the public on steps that can be taken to avoid painful and costly injuries. Free information can be found at the group’s dedicated web page, PreventBlindness.org/eye-safety-home.
According to information from Prevent Blindness, the top categories contributing to eye injuries include:
1. Power tools
2. Welding tools
3. Workshop Grinders, Buffers or Polishers
4. Manual Tools
“We strongly encourage everyone to always wear eye protection when working in or around the house. Doing yard work, cleaning the house, or working in the garage without protecting your vision can have a tremendous negative impact for years to come,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.
Eye injuries can occur from a variety of common sources, such as flying debris from lawn mowers or trimmers, or splashes from household cleaners, paints or solvents. Prevent Blindness urges everyone to wear protective eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) when performing household activities. The eyewear should have the “Z-87” logo stamped on the frames.
Prevent Blindnessrecommends the following to help prevent eye injuries at home:
In case of an eye-related accident, Prevent Blindness also offers its “First Aid for Eye Emergencies” sticker in both English and Spanish, free to the public. The sticker is designed to fit conveniently inside a home’s medicine cabinet or glove box of a car.
For more information on home eye safety and eye protection recommendations, or to request a free copy of the First Aid for Eye Emergencies sticker, call (800) 331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.