“You’ll shoot your eye out, Mom!”

Over the years, parents have warned their children countless times to be careful with objects that pose an obvious threat to their eyes, including things like BB guns and scissors. Now it’s the parents’ turn to hear a similar warning regarding champagne corks as well as those from sparkling champagnewine and juice.

Turns out, a flying cork really could take out a person’s eye. Not really surprising since a corked champagne bottle has 3x the pressure of a car tire and comes out of the bottle at 60mph.

A cork, being the perfect size to fit in a person’s eye socket, can cause a corneal abrasion (scratch to the surface of the eye), retinal detachment and even permanent blindness as it flies out of a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine or juice.

Because of the fairly common occurrence of these injuries, especially during the holidays, the American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a public service warning reminding of the dangers and providing tips on how to avoid shooting your eye out with a champagne cork.

  1. Keep the bottle chilled since pressure can build more in a warm bottle.
  2. Avoid shaking the bottle, which only increases the pressure and the cork speed.
  3. Place a towel over the top of the bottle to keep corks from launching into the air.
  4. Watch your aim by pointing the bottle away from people.
  5. Hold the cork and twist the bottle instead of the other way around.
  6. Never use a corkscrew, which basically makes a cork an even more dangerous projectile.

To make sure you get a kiss along with your bubbly instead of a trip to the emergency room to ring in the New Year, plan to use these tips for safely opening that bottle of bubbly when the clock strikes midnight.

The Top 5 Most Unlikely Holiday Eye Safety Risks

Christmas DecorationsWe’ve heard it all here at SafetyGlassesUSA.com – from getting a little too close to those Christmas tree branches to holiday lights popping as you peer at them. So what does trimming the tree and uncorking that champagne bottle have in common? They’re part of our top 5 unlikely holiday eye safety risks that really can happen, even to you. We know that even the most avid of Safety Glasses enthusiasts won’t be wearing safety glasses to that holiday party, but we’re here to help you identify eye safety risks this holiday season to keep you safe through the New Year.

#5 Most Unlikely Eye Safety Risk: Sharp-Edged Toys

Before you gift that doll beach house or remote control car to your little ones, be sure to unpack it and look for any sharp edges in the toy or its accessories. You’d be surprised how many eye injuries occur on Christmas Day when children are just so excited to play with their new toys. If you do spy an eye injury waiting to happen, choose an alternate gift, or ensure your child is wearing Kids Safety Glasses.

#4 Most Unlikely Eye Safety Risk: Colliding with the Mistletoe

The mistletoe is purposefully meant to sneak up on us, but sometimes a bit too much – and right in the eye! Those of us on the shorter side are in luck, but for the tall guys and gals among us, keep an eye out for that lovely mistletoe as you duck under the doorframe.

#3 Most Unlikely Eye Safety Risk: Christmas Lights Breaking

Christmas lights are chock-full of eye safety risks, with one of the most prevalent being lights ‘popping’ due to prolonged use over the years. This happens all too often when mounting and dismounting lights, and as we know all too well, the smallest of glass shards can negatively affect your vision forever. Be sure safety glasses are covering your peepers when working with holiday lights this season!

#2 Most Unlikely Eye Safety Risk: Christmas Tree Branches

How often do you reach close into your tree to water it or put a new ornament on it? Chances are quite a bit during the holidays, with those branches then coming dangerously close to your eyes. We hope you wear safety glasses while putting ornaments on your tree, but at the very least, take care to pay attention to looming tree branches as you trim and water trim.

#1 Most Unlikely Eye Safety Risk: Popping the Champagne

New Year’s Eve and champagne go hand in hand, but so do champagne bottle corks and eye injuries. This year, uncork your bottle of champagne the right way – with a hand towel over it to ensure the cork doesn’t fly. Sure, it’s not as flashy as champagne flying across the room, but sending a party guest to the emergency room isn’t exactly a party memory you want. Stick to safe champagne uncorking for a healthy and happy New Year’s celebration.

We hope we’ve uncovered your eyes to some of the most unlikely eye safety risks during the holiday season. Keep a pair of Safety Glasses on hand as often as possible, and exercise thinking safely as you enjoy your holiday season. Happy holidays from all of us at SafetyGlassesUSA.com!

Take Time to Focus on Eye Health & Safety

With a national focus on eye safety and UV safety during the month of July, now is a great time to focus on and assess your approach to eye safety and UV protection. Begin by asking yourself some simple but significant questions.

Do you wear proper protection in the sun?

Does your workplace have a sufficient eye safety program?

Do you protect your eyes when working around the house?

You only have one set of eyes, so take the time now to properly protect them and prevent illness and injury.

UV Protection

UV radiation during the summer months is three times higher than in the winter, and Yes, Your Eyes Can Get Sunburned. UV radiation can increase the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and more. The EPA states that the best way to achieve maximum eye protection in the sun includes wearing sunglasses that block at least 99% of both UVA and UVB raysalong with a wide-brimmed hat. Contact wearers can also wear UV-blocking contacts.

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Eye Safety

More than two-million eye injuries take place in the U.S. every year. Almost half of those happen in the home or while playing sports with almost the full other half taking place in the workplace. Out of the two-million injuries each year, 90% are preventable. To reduce the chance of becoming a part of these statistics, consistently apply the following safety tips.

  1. Have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear in the house. Of course, having them and using them are two different things. Wear them for activities like yard work where flying debris is common and when cleaning with chemicals that could splash into the eye. Make sure bystanders are wearing them too (yes, that many mean having more than one pair available).
  2. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Certified eyewear exists for most sports from fishing and football to golf and cycling. Since such a large number of eye injuries occur during sports each year, the time and money spent to get the right pair at every age (that means kids too) is well worth it.
  3. Promote Eye Safety at Work. OSHA states that more than 1,000 eye injuries occur in the American workplace every day, costing more than $300,000 per year. Make sure your eye safety program at work identifies workplace hazards, makes appropriate eyewear available, provides regular training, promotes the program through visual reminders, and makes emergency treatment options readily available.
  4. Make sure children are protected too. Eye injury often occurs when children play sports, but it also happens a lot when children simply watch adults doing activities such as yard work and fireworks. Teaching children about eye safety is important, as is being a good role model by protecting your own eyes. Instructing children on basic safety measures as well as getting them protective eyewear when they want to help around the house also go a long way in preventing eye injury in children.
  5. Be prepared for an emergency. Accidents will happen, so be prepared when they do. The workplace should have a specific plan of action known to every employee. In the home, make sure an eyewash kit is available and that you know what to do in the case of eye injury. Having a plan of action can prevent injury from becoming worse or permanent.

July presents a great opportunity for focusing on eye health. The sun shines more. People go outside more and are more active. Yard work gets done. Outdoor maintenance takes place. More opportunity means more chances of injury to the eyes. Take this opportunity to assess the state of personal UV protection as well as at-home and workplace eye safety.

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