What do trimming the tree and uncorking a champagne bottle have in common? They’re both part of the top 5 most unlikely holiday eye safety risks “” risks that really can happen to anyone.
Since even the most avid safety enthusiasts probably won’t wear safety glasses to a holiday gathering, let’s spend a few minutes identifying some unusual eye safety risks. Hopefully, doing so will create an awareness that just might keep someone’s eyes more protected during Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
#5 Sharp-Edged Toys
Before gifting a doll house or remote control car to little ones, be sure to unpack it and identify any sharp edges on the toy or its accessories. Eye injuries often occur on Christmas Day when excited children play with new toys. If you spot an eye injury waiting to happen, choose an alternate gift or give children’s safety glasses with the toy.
#4 Mistletoe Collisions
The mistletoe is meant to be a surprise, but sometimes it’s a bit too much of one ““ right in the eye! Those on the shorter side are in luck, but all those tall guys and gals out there need to keep an eye out for that unexpected mistletoe.
#3 “˜Popping”™ Christmas Lights
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 stringing lights since even the smallest of glass shards can permanently damage vision. For this reason, be sure to use extreme caution when working with holiday lights this season.
#2 Christmas Tree Branches
Even something as innocent as watering the tree or adjusting an ornament can result in eye injury since tree branches often come dangerously close to eyes during these activities. At the very least, pay attention to tree branches and make sure they avoid contact with your eyes.
#1 Champagne Corks
New Year’s celebrations and champagne go hand in hand, but so do champagne bottle corks and eye injuries. This year, uncork that bottle of champagne with a hand towel over it to ensure the cork doesn’t fly. While not as flashy as a cork flying across the room, sending a party guest to the emergency room isn’t exactly a positive party memory.
Hopefully, these tips have created an awareness of some of the most unlikely eye safety risks during the holiday season. In addition to being more aware, always keep a pair of safety glasses on hand and exercise safe habits as you enjoy this year’s Christmas celebrations.