Hurricane Florence moves menacingly towards the east coast, and landfall predictions change every day. In light of the risk and the unknown, people are wisely preparing their homes for impact. Additionaly, once the hurricane leaves, recovery is going to have to take place.
In light of so many preparations and reparations, do not forget about eye care. As always, consult your local eye care professional, but to get started, here are a few eye related precautions.
Always Wear Safety Goggles and Glasses – Preparation for a hurricane involves boarding up windows and the use of power tools. Repairs will involve everything from heavy machinery to hammers and nails. Some of you may be forced to walk outside in driving winds and rain. Every one of these scenarios puts your eyes at risk. The only way to prevent an eye injury is before you start. Make a quick trip to Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, wherever and pick up eye protection for you and your family. The bottled water may be gone. The safety glasses, probably not.
Thoroughly Check Any Equipment Being Used – Some of your equipment is only used once or twice a year. They may not be in proper working order. Make sure that chainsaw and other equipment is functioning properly before getting started. Improperly functioning equipment can do serious damage to your eyes.
Keep Some Purified or Distilled Water on Hand – Water is at a premium right now, but keep a bottle or two aside in case you need to wash your eyes out. Local water sources may be contaminated and cause more harm than good in your eyes.
The Red Cross offers great advice about hurricane preparedness. Check their site out and be careful. Prayerfully, damage will be at a minimal. Take care of yourself.
Gordon Duncan is an award-winning educator, salesman, teacher, manager, and writer. He has taught in the public school system, lobbied for school's accreditation, managed eye clinics, led sales' teams, and also publishes books on theology, church, and culture.