“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”
The 1983 classic holiday film, A Christmas Story, has had us reciting this memorable quote for years. Some propelling toys, like airsoft guns, arrows, BB guns, paintball guns and darts can be particularly hazardous, with the potential to cause serious eye injuries, but it doesn’t just apply to Red Ryder BB Guns in funny movies...
Unfortunately, toys cause the most eye-related injuries during the holiday season. When children are playing with their new toys, supervise them to make sure they’re playing with them safely. Do your best not to purchase toys with sharp edges or harmful parts.
Make sure the toy is age appropriate for the child.
- - Avoid purchasing toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts.
- - Make sure children have appropriate supervision when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause an eye injury.
- - Ensure that laser product labels include a statement that the device complies with 21 CFR (the Code of Federal Regulations) Subchapter J.
Adults - you are at risk, as well as responsible for other Holiday eye hazards as well. Whether you ’re popping open a bottle of New Year celebratory champagne or decorating the Christmas tree, your eyes may be in danger... The tiniest piece of glitter may turn the most wonderful time of year into the most harmful time of year for your eyes.
The good news that most eye injuries can be easily prevented by following a few preventative tips.
Christmas Tree injuries are common during the holiday season. Your eyes may be at risk in a variety of ways... When cutting or handling your Christmas tree, make sure to wear protective eye wear. Your eyes may come in contact with dust or tree sap, which can cause an eye infection. Decorating your tree with glass ornaments can pose a risk to kids and adults. Make sure to hang them out of reach of small children. Also check to see if any ornaments or lights are cracked or broken before hanging them to prevent serious injuries. The tree’s pine needles are sharp and dangerous for our eyes. When decorating or placing gifts by the tree, try not to put items too far under the tree so you can prevent eager eyes from being scratched or poked.
Champagne! The holidays naturally call for social gatherings and celebrations. For adults, make sure to remember eye safety when popping open the champagne bottle. When it’s time to open the bottle of champagne, hold the cork down when you’re removing the wire wrapped around the cork. A great way to prevent the champagne from spraying or cork flying is to use a towel and point it away from yourself and others. Once you’re finally ready, hold the bottle at about a 45-degree angle and gently pull the cork out.
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