This "Laser Safety Info" forum is a read-only public service of Laser Pointer Forums. It will contain key facts you should know about how to safely use your laser pointer(s).
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. If you want to discuss laser pointer safety, please visit the "Safety and Legal Issues" forum
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The most important points you should understand are these:
1) Do not aim a laser beam at anyone's eyes or head. This goes for people as well as animals.
2) Watch out for beams reflected off shiny surfaces such as mirrors and glass. These can cause the same types of injuries as beams coming direct from the laser.
3) Do not aim a laser beam at or near any aircraft or vehicle. There have been car accidents caused when a laser is shone at a driver. Pilots are at similar risk from being distracted or flashblinded. It is unsafe -- and it is illegal, you could be arrested or even jailed. A list of persons jailed for aiming lasers at pilots is here.
4) Don't annoy people with the laser beam, such as at movies or in public. This makes laser pointer users seem irresponsible, and increases the general public's support for restrictive laser pointer laws.
Working with laser light is entertaining and educational. Follow the four points above and you'll help keep laser pointers safe and legal.