Tips for Protecting Your Eyes for DIY Projects

Young Couple Doing Home Repairs - IsolatedSummer makes us want to get out and do something productive outdoors. Yardwork, home repair and crafts are all examples of projects that may beckon us when the weather gets warmer and the sun comes out. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when a project is completed and you have something to show for it. There is also nothing like the pain of an eye accident if you do not use proper eye protection.

It is imperative to wear proper eye protection during all DIY projects. The instructions may seem simple, and it might seem silly to have to wear protective goggles or eyeglasses, but easy projects can be more complex and dangerous than they appear. It only takes a second to do irreparable damage to your delicate eye tissue.

  1. Invest in quality safety goggles. Polycarbonate lenses are best because they are lightweight but resist scratches and breakage on impact. Goggles or glasses should fit snugly to your face and not have gaps where dust and debris can get into your eyes.
  2. Replace scratched or chipped glasses or goggles immediately. Scratches and chips can weaken the lenses and put your eyes at risk.
  3. Prescription glasses or sunglasses are not an adequate substitute for safety glasses and goggles. Talk to your eye care specialist about safety glasses that can fit over your prescription glasses. If you need safety glasses for your job, you can also get prescription safety glasses made with side shields.
  4. Read all directions fully before beginning a project. Make sure you have all necessary supplies and do not try to substitute tools.
  5. If you are using chemicals, pay attention to the wind direction. Even when protecting your eyes with safety glasses or goggles, it is important that you keep your face upwind and away from the sprayer.
  6. Do not touch your face during a project or you could transfer dust or chemicals to your eyes. Wash your hands carefully before touching your face.
  7. Store safety goggles and glasses in the same place. It will save time so you will know exactly where to find them for your next project!
  8. Do not work alone. It is always a good practice to make sure that someone else is at home and available if you need help or if there is an accident. Keep a first aid kit and a phone handy as well.

Following these rules of safety will help keep your eyes free from injury and on to that next project. Well, what are you waiting for? Get those safety glasses on and get to work (Source: Kudzu).


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