Kids and Laser Toys: The FDA Has These 3 Warnings and Tips

Kids and Laser Toys: The FDA Has These 3 Warnings and Tips

Do your kids love Star Wars? Do they reenact it every evening on the living room carpet, laser swords and all?

The FDA is concerned that it’s all fun and games until someone looses an eye. Or two.

Here are 3 tips from the administration released on their website, to keep you and Luke Skywalker safe:

1) Never Aim for the Eyes

Unlike dad’s advice, the FDA says that you should never go for the eyes, when it comes to toys with lasers in them.

“A beam shone directly into a person’s eye can injure it in an instant, especially if the laser is a powerful one,” explains Dan Hewett, health promotion officer at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Eye injuries resulting from lasers usually don’t even hurt, but your vision can deteriorate slowly as a result- for days or even weeks.

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 2) Check Your Toy’s Rating

The FDA states: “Look for an FDA-recommended IEC Class I label on children’s toy lasers. The label says “Class 1 Laser Product,” which would clearly communicate that the product is of low risk and not in a higher emission level laser class.”

If there’s no label to indicate the power level on the device, don’t use it.

3) Don’t Buy Laser Pointers for Kids

Keep laser pointers, like the kind you may use in a business presentation, out of kids’ hands. Hand-held laser pointers have increased in power 10-fold or more over the last decade.

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