Does your child own a laser pointer? Are you thinking of getting them one as a stocking filler for Christmas?

If so there’s a real risk they could cause permanent eyesight damage to themselves or someone else. They’re not toys and shouldn’t be treated as such.

The latest advice from the Office for Product Safety and Standards is to remove the batteries and dispose of them responsibly.

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There’s more advice here (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-product-safety-and-standards)

Laser pointers are handheld devices which emit a laser beam of coloured light. They are used in medicine, education and construction but are becoming popular with children and some are suffering eyesight injuries as a result. Used incorrectly they can cause permanent damage.

In the UK it’s illegal to sell powerful lasers to the public but they’re available online or from street sellers and are often labelled with incorrect or fake information – it could be more powerful and more dangerous than the description says.

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