A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology showed that only 35 percent of respondents wear eye protection when performing home repairs or work on home maintenance projects. That means 65 percent are subjected to potential threats to the eyes, and in many cases these injuries aren’t treated in the appropriate way.
- Men are far more likely to sustain an eye injury than women.
- Over 44 percent of all eye injuries occurred in the home.
- More than 40 percent of eye injuries were caused by projects and activities such as home repair, yard work, cleaning and cooking.
- More than 78 percent of people were not wearing eyewear at the time of injury.
While injury can occur in any setting, studies also show that one of the main causes of accidents is when the home maintenance project centers around a plumbing activity. Plumbing often puts the average homeowner into situations they haven’t dealt with before, and often times aren’t prepared for the potential hazards.
- Exposure to hazardous substances – lead, sulfur dioxide, asbestos, mold, solvents, solder and other toxic or carcinogenic substances
- Proximity to flammable or combustible materials
- Exposure to biohazards including raw sewage
- Working in awkward positions
- Lifting heavy ans awkward objects
- Slips, trips and falls on wet surfaces
- Risk of eye injury from flying particles, chemicals and hot water
- Burns from steam, hot water, and hot equipment and parts
- Working alone
If you are currently working on a home maintenance project, taking the necessary precautions will not only make your project safer, but will also make your work environment safer too.
- Use fall protection when working at heights
- Use eye protection when working with any type of cutting or grinding equipment, chemicals or other substances harmful to the eyes
- Use protective equipment appropriate for the task – hard hats, eye protection, face protection, gloves, etc
- Wear appropriate footwear – sturdy shoes with non-slip soles
- Use heat insulating gloves, eye protection and face shields around hot pipes
- Avoid electric shock by using power tools safe for wet environments.
- Install and maintain good ventilation
- Take frequent breaks if working in awkward situations
When in doubt, leave it to the professional plumber. If you have a question or need help with a home improvement project, give us a call today.