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When should I use my safety glasses?

They may not necessarily be stylish, but safety glasses can be a real lifesaver. Pick out the right pair to keep your eyes safe.

Eye protection can be something we associate with school labs or professions that deal with potentially dangerous equipment or chemicals. However, 125,000 Americans injure their eyes at home each year, so it's important to know how to protect your eyes in several situations that occur not only at work, but around the house and at play as well.

Nearly 90% of all eye injuries might be preventable with protective eyewear and they're the #2 cause of visual impairment in the U.S. behind cataracts.

What Type of Eye Protection Do I Need?

  • Eyeglasses. Everyday wear but they might not be adequate protection. If you need them, purchase goggles that fit over your frames or prescription safety glasses.
  • Safety glasses. Protection for tasks such as sawing, hammering and drilling.
  • Goggles. More coverage shields against dust, liquids optical radiation or high-heat hazards.

What Features Should I Shop For?

  • A Z87+ rating on the frame. This rating indicates the frame meets standards set by the American National Standards Institute. The plus mark indicates approval for use in high-impact situations.
  • Comfortable, adjustable frames that do not impair peripheral vision.
  • Protective polycarbonate eyewear.
  • Little to no gaps at the hinges. The bigger the gap, the more exposure to hazards.

When Do I Wear Safety Glasses?

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The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.




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