Mowing can be a strenuous activity, and we can often forego safety precautions for what seems like a menial task.
However, mowing can bring some serious safety risks.
Mowing your lawn may put your eyes at more risk than you may think.
It’s important to take safety precautions and protect your eyes before heading out to mow the yard.
Mowing Safety Risks To Your Eye
There are a few main safety risks that threaten your eyesight when mowing the lawn.
- Debris from the mower - Sharp objects like plastic toys, metal garden spikes, or loose tree branches can be launched from the blades of the mower and can pierce your eyes at high speeds. Even small amounts of debris that are unable to pierce your eyes can scratch your corneas and subject you to major vision impairment.
- UV rays- Harmful light from the sun can burn your eyes if they are exposed to it for long periods of time. Mowing the lawn usually takes a considerable amount of time, and exposing your eyes to the sun for that long can damage them.
- Pesticides and fertilizers - Safety goggles can prevent your eyes from being exposed to pesticides and fertilizers that might be dispersed into the air by your mower. Both of these can have serious adverse effects on your eyesight.
How To Protect Your Eyes While Mowing
There are several things you can do to prevent injuring yourself when gardening.
First, check your yard for debris prior to mowing to prevent the chance of debris injuring your eyes.
Next, turn off your lawn equipment when an unprotected bystander approaches you. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 75 people each year are killed in garden equipment-related accidents, with 1 in 5 being a child.
Similar to operating a lawnmower, when using a weed eater, wear safety goggles under a face shield to protect you from the high-speed discharge of debris.
Lastly, read and follow all instructions and warning signs of your lawn equipment and chemicals to ensure that you are exercising the utmost caution while gardening.
Mowing your lawn and other related gardening tasks can bring serious safety risks. Because of this, it is important to protect your eyes whenever you do housework.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly half of the 2.5 million yearly eye injuries occur during common household chores.
You may think that this can and will never happen to you, but it is always better to be safe than sorry, especially where your eyesight is involved.
Protecting your eyes from irreparable damage is as easy as a $3 pair of safety glasses, and the motivation to do what is necessary to preserve your vision for years to come.