Preventing Eye Injuries
Increasing numbers of children are participating in sports at an early age. Parents and coaches should ensure that kids always wear the appropriate protection while playing certain sports:
Always wear a helmet with polycarbonate face mask or wire shield when playing:
- Hockey (choose protection approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council or the Canadian Standards Association)
Always wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses and side shields approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials or that meet CSA racquet sport standard when playing the following sports.
To Provide the Safest Environment for Your Children:
- Select games and toys that are appropriate for your child's age and responsibility level.
- Provide adequate supervision and instruction when your children are handling potentially dangerous items, such as pencils, scissors and penknives. Be aware that even common household items such as paper clips, elastic cords, wire coat hangers, rubber bands and fishhooks can cause serious eye injury.
- Avoid projectile toys such as darts and bows and arrows. Do not allow your children to play with air-powered rifles, pellet guns and BB guns. They are extremely dangerous and have been reclassified as firearms and removed from toy departments.
- Keep all chemicals and sprays out of reach of small children.
- Do not allow children to ignite fireworks or stand near others who are doing so. All fireworks are potentially dangerous for children of any age.
- Do not allow children in the yard while a lawn mover is being operated. Stones and debris thrown from moving blades can cause severe eye injuries.
- Demonstrate the use of protective eyewear to children by always wearing protective eyewear yourself while using power tools, rotary mowers, line lawn trimmers or hammering on metal.
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