EUGENE, Ore. -- The FDA is warning parents about the dangers of toys with lasers this holiday season. The highly concentrated light can cause damage and even blindness if shined in your eyes.
They said laser products are generally safe when they follow the legal limits and are used properly.
The FDA recommends these safety tips for consumers using lasers:
- Never aim or shine a laser directly at anyone, including animals. The light energy from a laser aimed into the eye can be hazardous, perhaps even more than staring directly into the sun.
- Do not aim a laser at any vehicle, aircraft, or shiny surface. Remember that the startling effect of a bright beam of light can cause serious accidents when aimed at a driver in a car, for instance, or otherwise negatively affect someone doing another activity (such as playing sports).
- 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 low risk and not in a higher emission level laser class.
- Do not buy laser pointers for children, or allow children to use them. These products are not toys.
- Do not buy or use any laser that emits more than 5mW power, or that does not have the power printed on the labeling.
Click here for the FDA's guidelines for minimizing a child's risk when using products with lasers.