***DANGER***SAFETY ALERT***

July 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Eye Safety & Avoiding Blindness, Health Concerns, Healthful Hints, Helpful Hints | Leave a comment
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AN ARTICLE ENTITLED “WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE YOUR PET’S HEAD?” BY CATHERINE PRICE WHICH APPEARED IN THE SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012 PARADE MAGAZINE SECTION OF THE NEWSPAPER STATES IN PART:

“YOUR CAT’S OBSESSION WITH YARN IS NOT UNLIKE A LION’S INTEREST IN A GAZELLE: STALKING STRING IS A PREDATORY BEHAVIOR, A VERY WATERED-DOWN AND DOMESTICATED VERSION OF A HUNT. BUT SINCE STRING CAN DAMAGE A CAT’S DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IF SWALLOWED, TRY SUBSTITUTING A LASER POINTER–MANY CATS LOVE TO CHASE ITS LIGHT.”

MS. PRICE’S ADVICE COULDN’T BE MORE DANGEROUS AND WRONG!

BEAMS FROM MOST LASER POINTERS WILL PERMANENTLY DAMAGE THE EYESIGHT OF EVERY LIVING THING IF POINTED INTO THE EYES!

LASER POINTERS, ESPECIALLY THE OLDER ONES, WERE NOT DESIGNED TO BE SHINED INTO THE EYES! DEPENDING UPON THE TYPE OF LASER, NO TELLING HOW MUCH PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE WILL BE CAUSED TO THE EYESIGHT IF CHILDREN GET AHOLD OF ONE, SHINING IT INTO THEIR OWN EYES, THE EYES OF THEIR FRIENDS OR PETS!

SHOULD YOU SEE SOMEONE RECKLESSLY PLAYING WITH A LASER POINTER, PLEASE, FOR THE SAKE OF SAVING PRECIOUS EYESIGHT, EDUCATE THEM AS TO ITS DANGERS. OF COURSE, THIS IS NOT TO IMPLY THAT A TYPE OF FLASHLIGHT BEAM, USED IN POINTING OUT DATA DURING PRESENTATIONS, IS DANGEROUS.

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