Another Reason Why You Should Always Wear Safety Glasses

Just one of many, manyreasons why safety glasses are a must-have for any DIYer.

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Roy Berendsohn

I was running a string trimmer test the other day, going flat out through grass, weeds, briars when the trimmer dipped low and hit a puddle. That resulted in an explosion of flying weeds, grass and mud, all of which got me right in the face. That junk would also have also hit me in the eyes had I not been wearing safety glasses.

It was yet another reminder of the importance of safety glasses, something I’ve written about many times. Although the outdoor power equipment industry routinely shows homeowners operating equipment without glasses, it’s truly a bad idea. I wear safety glasses when mowing, string trimming, operating a leaf blower, brush cutting, hedge trimming and even when I’m pruning by hand. It’s not unusual for me to lean into a bush or tree to get it pruned just right. Getting a branch in the eye is not my idea of a good time.

Safety glasses are inexpensive and there’s no reason not to wear them, and if your kids are mowing the lawn, insist that they wear them, too. You can even get cool-looking ones that look just like sunglasses. Look for the Z87.1 ANSI rating on the package or stamped on the glasses themselves to ensure that they’re truly protective eyewear. That’s the standard set by the American National Standards Institute, the industry organization that, among other things, sets the bar for safety gear, ensuring that protective eye wear is just that—protective.

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