GOOD ADVICE: Wear eye protection when you’re up on the roof

Hey, remember when you were a kid and your parents were full of good advice? If you were a kid who always got into things like I was, you might have heard this one over and over:

Be careful with that, you’ll put your eye out with that thing!

Some of your parents’ advice didn’t pan out. You didn’t go blind from sitting too close to the TV. On the other hand, they were right about you saving your money and brushing your teeth. Maybe your parents were pretty smart after all.

Eye protection really is a smart move.

I recommend that every hobbyist who goes up on a roof wears good eye protection. They don’t have to be the old-school goggles you see up at the top of this article. Although, those goggles do make you look like a fancy nuclear scientist and there’s some benefit to that, right?

Why do you need eye protection on the roof?

Because, like your parents probably said, you really can put an eye out up there. TV antennas are full of sharp pointy things and they aren’t the only hazards up there. You could bump into any number of things while you’re up there. You could kick up something that flies into your eye. There’s even the chance that an insect could be flying up there.

The point is, the last thing you want when you’re up on the roof is to instinctively flail around because you have something in your eye. While you’re up on the roof you need to be aware of your surroundings. It’s very easy to lose your balance and fall. Trust me, a dear friend of mine passed away this way. Don’t become another statistic.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.