Students Practice Eye Safety at Agriculture Awareness Day

Agriculture Awareness Day

Third Graders sporting their Radians Mirage Small safety glasses.

Agriculture is a key component in North Carolina’s income and workforce, particularly in Greene County.  Here, it is their number one industry.  Cotton, peanuts, tobacco, wheat, corn, soy, sweet potatoes, poultry, dairy and livestock help to make up the farming business that is so critical to the county’s survival.  Despite its importance, it seems at least one organization believes that the county’s youth should be much more aware of all that its top industry encompasses.  Thus, in 2012, The Green County Cooperative Extension had its first Agriculture Awareness Day.

On site at a local farm, about 200 third grade students learned about farm safety, nutrition, livestock, soil, insects, poisonous plants, seeds, water and more.  The event was such a hit, they plan to continue this designated day of awareness each year.

Pictured are the third graders sporting their Radians Mirage Small safety glasses from SafetyGlassesUSA.com.

To learn more about The Green County Cooperative Extension, you may click here:

http://greene.ces.ncsu.edu/about/

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!