Should I Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting And Bird Hunting?
Back when you were learning to ride a bicycle, did you wear a helmet? If you were born in the ‘70s or ‘80s, the answer is probably "no". But today, young kids, teenagers, and even adults wear helmets whenever they ride bikes. As a nation, we're more aware of how to keep minor accidents from causing serious injuries.
This appreciation for safety has found its way into the outdoor world, too. Twenty years ago, few sportsmen and women wore shooting glasses and ear protection was unheard of. Now, shooting facilities require both and lots of hunters are guarding their eyes and ears in the field.
To help prevent accidents and injuries, here are the several things you should wear whenever you're shooting, hunting, and around firearms.
The "eyes" have it
Everyone agrees eye protection is something you should wear whenever guns are going off. In the field, ricocheting pellets and misplaced shots aren't the only things to worry about. Twigs, branches, and flying debris are also concerns. A pair of shooting classes can help protect your eyes from all these and even enhance your shooting. Here are three things to look for in a pair:
Don't say "what?"
After your eyes are protected, your ears are the next things to look out for. Every time you fire a gun, your ears are exposed to harmful sound. Over time, continued exposure can cause hearing loss or serious conditions like tinnitus (a "ringing" in your ears).
When shopping to hearing protection, here are some things to consider:
Other types of protection
Protective eyeglasses and hearing devices are just two things you should wear in the field. Here are some ways to protect the rest of your body:
Think safe and act safe to stay safe
Along with what you wear, another way to stay safe in the field is to always keep track of your companions (hunters and dogs). Never pull the trigger unless you're 100% certain of your target and of what lies beyond it. Lastly, always treat every gun as if it's loaded and ready to fire.
When you combine this advice with eye, ear, and the other types of protection noted above, you can do a lot to prevent injuries and accidents whenever you're around firearm.
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