Sunglasses for Sun Protection and Safety of Your Eyes

Sun Protection -UV Light the Biggest Danger for your Eyes

Sun Protection - Baby in Sunglasses by Vinvalenti http://www.sxc.hu

The biggest factor for sun protection and eye safety is to keep your eyes away from ultraviolet light.   UV exposure hurts your eyes.   UV exposure can contribute to eye diseases like cataracts. 

Ultraviolet light or UV light is electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength shorter than that of visible light, but longer than x-rays.   Ultraviolet light is very harmful to the safety of your eyes, even though you cannot see it.   

Thus wearing sunglasses with UV protection when you are outside during the day is necessary for sun protection.  UV light does go through clouds and through windows.  Therefore, it is important to wear sunglasses for sun protection whenever you are in the sun.  This includes wearing sunglasses inside in the sun and outside on a cloudy day.

Check Your Sunglass Labels for UV Sun Protection

When you are selecting sunglasses, check the product label for UV protection details.  You want sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVB rays and at least 95 percent of UVA rays.   UVA and UVB refer to long and medium wavelengths of ultra violet light.  When it comes to purchasing your next sunglasses, make sure to look out for glasses that block but UVA and UVB.   Do not select sunglasses that are labeled “cosmetic” and those that are missing any details on UV protection.

Sunglass Lens and Tints for Sun Protection

The coatings and tints used on sunglasses will be helpful depending on how you plan to use your sunglasses. The sunglass lens materials serve different purposes.   Again, though the most important criteria for sun protection is to have adequate UV protection in your sunglasses.

Blue blocking lenses are typically yellow or orange.  These lenses are for low light conditions and make objects easier to see when they are far away.  The UV protection should be checked, as blue blocking lenses do not always have appropriate UV sun protection.

In order to reduce glare, lenses that are polarized lenses.  Polarizing a lens does not add UV protection.  Thus, it is important that a UV coating be applied to the lens. 

The clear lenses that change color based on exposure to sunlight are called photochromic lenses.  This type of lens is used in corrective vision glasses.   The glass lenses automatically change based on sunlight levels to reduce glare and increases clarity.  Not all photochromic lenses provide UV sun protection.  Thus, you still need to check the label.   If the photochromic lenses have UV protection, then the advantage is that you can have both glasses and sunglasses in one pair of glasses.   One disadvantage is that it does take time for photochromic lenses to adjust to the light.  

In order to block visible light mirror coatings are often applied.  These coatings do not necessarily block UV radiation.  I know I sound like a broken record but again check the label to make sure you have the correct UV protection.

Polycarbonate lenses are an excellent choice when you consider the overall safety of your eyes.  Polycarbonate lenses are resilient to breaking.  Thus, they offer greater protection than regular glasses in the event of any impact to the lenses.  Most eyeglasses are made with glass or plastic lens material.  These standard materials will shatter upon violent contact.  This can cause serious injuries to your eyes and face.  Polycarbonate lenses are not brittle and are much more resilient to breaking.  The good news is that polycarbonate lenses also provide adequate protection from UV radiation.  These lens offer sun protection for your eyes and are safer especially if you are involved in sports.  Thus, sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses are an excellent choice for you and your family for sun protection. 

The picture in this blog post is Baby in Sunglasses  by Vinvalenti  at http://www.sxc.hu.    Credit is given here and thus it is used with permission in the Sunglasses for Sun Protection blog post.

Home Defibrillator

How does a Home Defibrillator Work

Children Play Doctor - Home Defibrillator

Children Play Doctor - Home Defibrillator (used with permission)

A home defibrillator is the latest in home safety equipment.  A home defibrillator is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm and lets you know if they require a shock. If the person needs a shock, the machine will allow the caregiver to administer the shock to the ailing person.

 It is simple to use as it utilizes voice prompts, text messages, and lights to let you know what to do next with the person who is having heart trouble. It can make the difference of life or death for a family member or friend who might suffer a heart attack while in your home. These machines are safe, easy to use, and accurate.

 Defibrillators have been a requirement for ambulances and paramedics vehicles.  They have now also being placed in large venues such as sports arenas, gated communities, shopping malls, churches, schools and places that normally have larger crowds. The American Heart Association supports making defibrillators available.  They do advise that the users get proper training and training is readily available.

 How to Use a Home Defibrillator and its Safety Training

 Home defibrillators machines provide you with step-by-step instruction and thus are extremely easy to use.  ,It is important though to know that it is the correct time to utilize this equipment. In other words it is important to recognize that this person is actually having cardiac arrest?

It is recommended that you have three components of safety training: CPR, how to recognize a heart attack, and training on how to use the defibrillator,   These three components fit together nicely. The first aid training teaches you how to recognize a heart attack, the home defibrillator training teaches you how to operate the machine, and almost always CPR is involved with this trio so this is why the combination can be so very important. The first aid training along with the other forms of training let you know important factors such as not to use them on children under eight years of age.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Comes without Warning

 A person does not know when sudden cardiac arrest or heart failure can occur. Any time unexpected cardiac arrest attacks, the heart’s electrical processes fails and short circuits, resulting in trembling of the heart instead of a regular rhythmic pumping.  This often creates ventricular fibrillation (VF), which is an irregular heart rhythm.  This even occurs for people that have not had signs of heart disease and will generally occur without any warning. In addition, it frequently occurs in the home.  A defibrillator needs to be applied within five minutes, for the best chance of recovering. It is unfortunate that very few survive mostly because the defibrillator does not arrive in time.  The actual statistics are that less than one in twenty survives.    A defibrillator will not save every person who suffers a sudden heart attack.   This is the same as in a car accident where seat belts do not always save everyone’s life.  Yet if people could be treated with a defibrillator faster, it would save lives.  Thus, a home defibrillator can offer added security for your family and friends.

 The picture used in this blog post is Children Play Doctor from Bigstocks.  It is used in the Home Defibrillator blog post with permission from the photographer.

Power Tool Safety Equipment at Home

 Big Jobs are Much Easier with Power Tools

Young Builder with Power Tool Safety Equipment

Young Builder with Power Tool Safety (used with permission)

Your projects will be much easier to complete with the proper use of the right power tool.  These types of projects might be at the office, home, or even the workplace. Whatever the location or task, power tool safety is one thing we all need to follow. While power tools are extremely helpful, also, they are sharp and often very loud.  If you do not use them correctly, you can be injured seriously and even fatally injured. 
 

Power Tool Safety is

Important at Home

 
Although the majority of businesses require employees to make use of the right safety equipment when operating power tools, there’s nothing to control this process when you use them at home. Many people fail to make use of the proper safety equipment because they don’t want the additional cost of purchasing it. Have you noticed the prices of power tool safety equipment? It is less expensive than the expense of any medical visit. Some others choose not to use safety equipment because they’re in a rush or because they’re very comfortable utilizing particular power tools.
 

Power Tool Safety Equipment

Depends on the Job at Hand

The particular safety products you’ll need depends upon the power tool you are operating. Each instruction manual will have information on the recommended safety equipment you need to have on whenever you operate that power tool. When you start a project, it is best to plan the safety items you will need.

Safety Goggles

Safety goggles are a necessary safety product to use when operating most power tool equipment. Safety goggles protect your eyes from flying debris, or dirt, or other pieces of materials. Sometimes saw blades break and pieces are propelled into the air. Thus, safeguarding your eyes with safety goggles is essential.  If you are, utilizing particular power tools that put you at risk of flying objects a complete face shield will provide complete face protection.

Work Gloves

A good pair of tough work gloves is important when operating power tool equipment.  Gloves will protect your hands when you’re working around sharp objects or wood that may splinter.  Gloves are very important when you are working with power tools outside like cutting trees or brush cut clearing the yard. 

Proper Clothing

The correct clothing is essential too. It is advisable to wear long sleeves to avoid burns and cuts, yet be sure that the clothing is not too loose. When it is, you risk it getting twisted up with the power tool. Tuck in shirts and only wear clothing that fits you properly. Focus on your shoes too. Be sure they have a non-slip sole. Steel toed shoes are appropriate if there is any risk of something falling on your foot while operating your power tool. 

Ear Protection

Power tools can make very loud noises. In this case, safety protection of your hearing is important and you should wear ear protection like ear plugs. Hearing loss is often a major problem, and you ought to do all you can to maintain your present hearing level. A respirator is a excellent idea if you are dealing with any kind of power tool that produces dust including sanders and routers. It may be beneficial to be sure there is a source of fresh air getting into your work area too. A respirator ensures you will not be breathing in dangerous chemicals or dust that’s generated.

Power Tool Safety is Well Worth the Investment

Power tools certainly are great to use and minimize the time it requires to finish a project. It is crucial you take the time to wear the correct safety equipment whenever you operate them. The investment is well worth saving you from injuries or even death. Regardless of how careful you are, or how experienced you are at operation, or how small of a job it is, accidents involving power tools can happen very quickly.  Think about and wear safety equipment so that you are ready if and when accidents occur.

The picture used in this blog post is Young Builder from Bigstocks.  It is used in the Power Tool Safety Equipment  blog post with permission from the photographer.

Sunglasses and Eye Health

sunglasses

Baby with Sunglasses (Used with Permission)

An inexpensive pair of sunglasses with UV protection is your most important eye safety gear.  Wearing sunglasses is the best method to safeguard your eyes and ultimately your vision against the harmful ultra violet sun’s rays.

Sunglasses Protect

The sun sends to earth various kinds of light. The most harmful for your eyes are uv, or Ultra violet rays, bright or intense light, and blue light.

Ultra violet rays carry much more energy than visible light rays. The eye is at a greater risk from absorbing Ultra violet radiation compared to through any other type. UVA and UVB are the types of UV lights that reach which reach us from the sun.

Blue light is visible light. Usually blue light can be found in reflections from snow as well as drinking water. Blue light helps prevent the eyes from focusing properly.  If you have extensive exposure to blue light over many years then you have an increased risk of loss of sight.

The Damage of Too Much Sun  – Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

Whenever your eyes absorb light, the eye tissue is affected by heat and chemical reactions. These types of reactions can cause long-term damage when the eye is overwhelmed and the natural ability to heal itself is jeopardized.

Eyes that are overexposed to Ultra violet radiation can suffer damage to the front portion. The actual retina can be damaged if you look directly into the sun, even briefly, as well as may cause permanent damage and even blindness.

Sunglasses and UV Protection

UV radiation, wind, as well as dry eye may cause the temporary, but uncomfortable condition known as snow blindness. This is why it is so important to put on your sunglasses whenever you are exposed to the sun’s rays. You want the highest amount of UV protection you can get.

The picture used in this blog post is Baby in Stroller with Sunglasses from Bigstocks.  It is used in the Sunglasses and Eye Health blog post with permission from the photographer.

Four Steps to Secure your Email and Online Safety

Checking Mail Online Safety

Checking for Mail by hortongrou - http://www.sxc.hu.

Online safety is important!

Just by having your computer online, you can expose your information and personal data to all types of malicious intentions and significant problems.  These are referred to as viruses, hackers, worms and phishes.   These four tips for online safety can help protect you from identity theft, credit card fraud, or a complete computer takeover – all of which can happen without you even knowing about it!  These four steps can protect you and your family and assure your overall online safety.   Share these with your family to assure kid internet safety.

Four Tips to Online Safety

1.  What is in Your Inbox?  Have you checked it for online safety?

If your e-mail program allows you to preview the entire message before or while it is being downloaded, turn this setting off.  Your computer safety is at risk by some e-mails that contain dangerous code.  This hidden code can install worms, or viruses, or even worse all without your knowledge until it is too late to fix.  Check the options in your e-mail program for a way to disable the message preview pane.  Use an internet security program that monitors incoming mails to improve your online safety.

2. Scrutinize in Detail Your Messages to Assure Online Safety

If you receive and email message from an institution like a credit company, PayPal, your bank, or broker which request your private information, like passwords, or account numbers do not respond.   Be very careful, as these emails will look official.   Do not click on a link in these emails and enter personal information at a website.  Again, these hackers are very clever and the emails and websites will be set up to look just like your bank or financial institution.  Reputable and honest companies do not verify accounts through email.  Phishing is the criminal process of fraudulently attempting or acquiring sensitive information like credit card information, user names, and passwords by pretending to be a safe and trustworthy individual in an email or other electronic communication.   Thus, hackers that are phishing are playing a hoax with the purpose to get you to give them important confidential information.  This then make you susceptible to fraud like identity theft or credit card fraud.  In order to assure your online safety make a phone call.  Contact the institution or company that claims to be sending the e-mail and verify the contents of the message with them.   They probably never sent it. Only use the number on your statement though, and not the number that appears in the e-mail message. It may direct you right to the spammer, who will do everything they can to assure you that nothing is wrong!

3. If it is From a Friend, it must be Safe, Right? Verify your Online Safety.

It is logical to assume that a message from your friend or colleague is safe, but that is not always the case! If you receive an email from a friend or colleague which contains an attachment (could be a media clip, a screen-saver, a picture or anything else), confirm it is from them.  Assure your online safety, by calling them up to check and see if they really did send it. Your friends email may have been hijacked.  There are viruses and worms can attack your email and blast out a virus-ridden email to everyone in your address book.  This gives the appearance that that it came from you and therefore it appears trustworthy.

4. Read Your Messages in Plain Text for Online Safety.

Some e-mails written in HTML (the coding language that makes up many web pages) can be harmless. While there are some that contain malevolent programming that can take over your browser, e-mail system, or your total computer.  At the same time, the spammer is collecting your confidential financial and personal information. All of this is happening without you being aware or knowing it is happening! Set your email to show messages only in plain text.  With most email programs, this is done by adjusting your email options.   If you receive emails only in plain text, you are safe from having unknown and harmful programs installed thus putting your online safety and private information in danger.

Exercising common sense is one of the best methods to protect your e-mail and online safety.  The Internet is similar to a crowded shopping mall. Do you think an employee of your financial service institution would move into a bunch of people call out to you and ask for your account and other personal information? Would you answer him by calling out this information so that all could hear?  I know that you would most certainly would not!  It is prudent to have the same awareness and caution when reading and responding to e-mail.  Talk to your kids about online safety.  Make sure you whole family is aware of the dangers of email.  These tips can help stop spammers dead in their tracks while keeping you and your family from becoming another victim of fraud or theft and overall you improve your online safety.

The picture in this blog post is called Checking for Mail by hortongrou.  It is found at http://www.sxc.hu.  Credit is provided for permission from the photographer to use it Four Tips to Secure your Online Safety.