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The growing danger of laser pointers

by KMBC

Laser pointers have become increasingly popular among children, but these potentially dangerous devices are not toys. False labelling, cheap prices and unregulated high-powered devices mean that more children are suffering eyesight injuries from lasers.

Laser pointers are handheld devices, which emit a laser beam of coloured light. In the UK, it is illegal to sell powerful lasers to the public as these products pose a danger to adults and children alike.

 

Why say no

They can permanently damage eyes Increasing numbers of children are suffering eyesight injuries caused by lasers. Used incorrectly, a laser pointer can permanently damage your child’s retina.

 

They are not toys

Laser pointers are used by professionals in science, education and construction – your child doesn’t need one.

 

What to do

Be aware

Many laser devices come into the UK from overseas. Always check what your child is buying online or when on holiday abroad, for example from street sellers.

They are not toys

Laser pointers are used by professionals in science, education and construction – your child doesn’t need one.

Look out for false labelling

Imported devices are often labelled with incorrect or fake information. A laser pointer could be more powerful – and more dangerous – than the description suggests

Take action

If your child owns a laser pointer, there’s a real risk they could cause permanent eyesight damage to themselves or someone else.

For more advice, visit the Office for Product Safety website or visit Twitter #losethelasers