5 Tips To Help Keep The Holidays The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

From decorating for the holidays and visiting family to preparing feasts and enjoying activities in the snow, this time of year provides seemingly unending choices for fun, family and fellowship. Unfortunately, the busyness and merriment of this time of year also means the potential for snowmanincreased injury from a variety of sources.

Let’s take a look at 5 main areas injuries often take place during the holidays as well as tips for keeping the season safe and joy-filled.

  1. Toys

Safety in play during the holidays begins with making sure toys are appropriate for a child’s age and ability as well as providing appropriate supervision. Start by checking age ranges on toys before purchasing. With younger kids, also be aware of the packaging for toys, making sure potential eye hazards are removed. Special care also needs taken with flying and projectile toys, including chemistry sets, airsoft and BB guns and rockets. Supervise older kids using projectile toys, and make sure they follow directions and wear goggles when operating these toys. Also remember to keep younger children and other spectators at a safe distance.

For more information on keeping kids safe during sports and play, check out these helpful articles: Airsoft Safety, Part 1 and Part 2 and The Top 5 Most Unlikely Holiday Safety Risks.

  1. Decorations

Most homes are filled with festive decorations this time of year. Be sure to check that breakable ornaments are out of the reach of young children and make sure branches on Christmas trees aren’t sticking out at a child’s eye-level. Other decorations posing potential injury threat include fireplaces, candles and electrical cords. Use common sense with each of these, making sure they won’t cause someone to trip and that they are safely avoidable. Another potential hazardous decoration is spray snow because the chemicals can easily harm eyes. Use caution when applying making sure to wear safety goggles when doing so.

  1. Food

For some, holiday food is the best part of the holiday season. And other than the extra calories, many don’t consider the potential safety hazard accompanying all that extra food. To begin, be aware of the safe handling and cooking processes needed for the food you’re preparing. From food allergies to food poisoning, being aware of the potential health hazards can help make sure everyone enjoys the festivities. Food safety also involves making sure an active kitchen is always supervised and that smoke alarms are in working order. Finally, keep children away from hot surfaces, and encourage everyone to wash hands frequently.

  1. Snow

If you live in or are traveling to an area with the potential for a white Christmas, you’re probably looking forward to sledding and snowball fights and possibly snowmobiling, skiing or snowboarding. If your holiday plans include these or other outdoor snow-related activities, make sure everyone’s gear includes sunglasses or goggles to protect eyes both from impact and from the sun. Also, keep in mind that the possibility for sunburn still exists in cold weather, and that its potential significantly increases with altitude. In addition to protecting eyes, protect the rest of your body by staying dry and dressing warmly with layers.

Check out these great articles related to safety in the snow: Links to articles on Cold Weather Safety, Great Goggles Make Snowmobiling Even More Enjoyable, and An Expert’s Guide to Skiing Sunglasses Lens Tints.

  1. Travel

Most people travel at least some over the holidays with many traveling significant distances. Keep in mind that weather makes road conditions vary significantly from one location to the next as well as at different times of day. Plus, there are the vision challenges often accompanying long drives. Vision can become blurry from fatigue, sunlight reflecting off snow makes seeing anything difficult, and just general fatigue can wreak havoc on anyone’s alertness. Tips for safe holiday travel include wearing the proper eyewear for the time of day, including always sunglasses during the day. Other options for reducing the chance of accidents caused by fatigue include resting frequently, keeping the car cool and sharing the driving. And tips on travel safety during the holidays would be incomplete without encouraging that a designated driver be chosen prior to indulging in any holiday drinking.

For more on the challenges of night driving, check out Shedding Some Light on Night Driving Challenges and Solutions, Part 1 and Part 2.

Following the simple tips above can help ensure this holiday season stays the most wonderful time of year.

Optx 20/20 Hydrotac Stick-On Bifocal Lenses are Back In Stock!

Optx 20/20 Hydrotac Stick-On Bifocal Lenses

The Optx 20/20 HydroTac Stick-On Bifocal Lenses feature new and improved packaging.

Good News:

Nearsighted people can rejoice, because after a wait of nearly two years, Neoptx, based in Miramar FL, announced that their new in-house molding facility has started production on their popular Optx 20/20 HydroTac Stick-On Bifocal Lenses.

“The Optx 20/20 HydroTac Stick-On Lenses allow you to turn any glasses into Reading Glasses. HydroTac™ Soft Reading Lenses adhere with water, yet are removable and reusable to provide optically correct magnification to sunglasses and prescription eyewear. Optx 20/20 Lenses are lightweight, ultra-thin pliable lenses available in +1.25, +1.50, +1.75, +2.00, +2.50 and +3.00 diopters. Soft Reading Lenses are a smart alternative to expensive prescription readers.” – Neoptx

Changes:

The HydroTac Bifocals use the same formula as previous models, however they are now sporting new, more modern packaging and an improved Use & Care Guide.

Real World Testing:

Since the HydroTac Stick-On Bifocals have been out of production for almost two years, we decided to test them on several different models of safety glasses. We wanted to make sure the product still worked as advertised and our customers wouldn’t receive any unwanted surprises.

We closely followed the included directions and prepared each pair of safety glasses by thoroughly cleaning their lenses. This is an important step, because it ensures there is no dirt or oily residue on the lenses, which could affect how well the HydroTac Bifocals adhere to our glasses.

We then placed a drop of water on the inside of both lenses of our safety glasses, placed the HydroTac Bifocals on the inside of the glasses’ lenses, and gently positioned the bifocal on the lens using our finger. We then tried the glasses on to make sure the Stick-on Bifocals where positioned to our liking, making adjustments as needed. Once the HydroTac Bifocals were in the desired position, we gently dried each one with a soft cloth to remove any excess water. We then allowed the glasses to dry, untouched, for 24 hours.

We’re happy to announce that we had a 100% lens-adhering  success rate. None of the HydroTac Bifocals fell off or became dislodged. Using our finger we attempted to nudge them and they held securely and, when we wanted to, we could easily remove them using our fingernail to lift/peel them off the lens. We had no problem reattaching the lenses following the same installation steps.

Price Update:

With the construction of the new Neoptx production facility and increased material costs, there has been a slight price increase to vendors. Safety Glasses USA has leveraged its volume purchasing power to keep our prices as low as possible. The new price of $9.25 is only a $0.75 increase from the previous model!

Helpful Tips:

If the HydroTac Bifocals are too large for the lenses on which you wish to install them, you can trim them down with sharp scissors. It’s recommended you trim the bottom, curved portion of the HydroTac Bifocal Lens, not the straight, top portion.

If you have a job where you’re constantly working above your head, which causes you to tilt your head back when using traditional bifocals, you can install the HydroTac Bifocals to the top of your lenses. This will allow you to use the magnification of the HydroTac Lenses without having to tilt your head back. Just make sure you install the HydroTac Bifocals upside down, so the round portion of the Bifocal is facing the top of the eyewear lens.

Some safety glasses or sunglasses have too much lens curvature (greater than 6 base curve) for the HydroTac lenses to bond sufficiently. You may want to consider purchasing Bifocal Safety Glasses or Sunglasses instead.

 

5 Reasons to Wear Protective Eyewear Around RC Aircraft

While the dangers of commercial helicopters are probably obvious with the possibility of debris getting into eyes, not to mention the dangerous blades whirling above the machine, the dangers of recreational or remote control helicopters may not seem as apparent. Even though remote control helicopters are not as dangerous Quadcopteras “real” helicopters, they still call for employing safety procedures and donning safety gear. Unfortunately, some simply view them as toys and fail to do what’s necessary to keep both operators and onlookers safe.

While no one wants to eliminate the fun, we must admit that mom was right when she said, “It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.” And there are a lot of ways to get injured by remote control helicopters.

Before reviewing those ways, let’s first understand some of the “forces and velocities involved in a 30-size helicopter with average wood blades at 1800 rpm” as provided by Heliguy. First, each spindle, blade holder and nylon nut screwed to the helicopter must hold 270 pounds (122Kg) to keep the blades from flying away. And second, the tip speed of each blade is about 250 MPH or 413 KPH.

The force that the blades have is like having someone who can throw at about 50mph (81 kph) hit something with the tip of an 8 ft. (2.5m) ruler as hard as possible. If that something is a person, they would be in pain. The point being that the force of these blades, while not likely causing death, can do some serious damage. Heliguy also says to “remember, these statistics are for 30-sized helicopter blades. 60-sized helicopters are much more powerful, and their blades are considerably longer and heavier.”

While the strength of impact varies from one machine to the next, these numbers at least indicate a need to be cautious when operating and simply when near remote control helicopters.

Looking at this in a practical sense, what specific sorts of dangers can these types of forces present?

  1. Rotor wash: Air turbulence caused by a helicopter’s rotor can send flying debris into the air and likely into the eyes of the operator or nearby spectators. That is, unless eyes are properly protected.
  2. Inexperience: Quadcopters are very easy to fly for novice fliers, and most Quadcopters can hover automatically. Unfortunately, inexperience often leads to mistakes which lead to injuries. Making sure an operator isn’t flying a machine he isn’t ready for increases safety for both the operator and spectators.
  3. Location: Quadcopters tend to be closer to the operator than traditional RC aircraft, so the chance of being hit is increased. Also, some aircraft are made for indoor operation, which increases the chance of injuries like corneal abrasions (scratches to the surface of the eye).
  4. Adverse conditions: Outdoor weather conditions and malfunctions often lead to errors and accidents, especially when not taken into consideration prior to takeoff.
  5. Maintenance: Every landing, general use and even minor crashes put stress on aircraft that can lead to breakdown. While having a maintenance program makes logical sense and many pilots implement them consistently, they can get neglected as adrenaline from the excitement of the sport flows.

In addition to common sense, taking time to learn how to operate the aircraft, and making sure aircraft is properly maintained, wearing protective eyewear helps ensure that the most likely injuries don’t happen.

What’s the best option that doesn’t compromise style or comfort and take away from the enjoyment of the sport? And what options work best for indoor operation?

Goggles provide whole-eye protection by eliminating any space through which debris can make its way to eyes. Perhaps goggles aren’t your thing as you’d like to wear something a bit more fashionable. Then safety glasses with good wrap-around protection provide a solid alternative. Some are even available with a foam-lined lens, which provides protection from flying debris, similar to a traditional goggle. There are a lot of lens options as well that make wearing protective eyewear just as functional indoors as outdoors.

Taking time to plan for safety can keep the sport of flying remote control helicopters – and most other sports for that matter – safe and fun.