Bike Safety and Laser Safety

April 18, 2023
By Alpec
A young bike rider in pink sweater, glasses and helmet laughs at the camera.

Did you know that May is National Bike Safety Month? To kick things off and celebrate the many benefits of cycling for kids and families, National Bike & Roll to School Day is May 3, a great day to roll to school. After wearing a helmet, which is the most important tool for safety, wearing bright clothing and using flashing lights at night are part of a plan to be seen by drivers. Now is a great time to make a plan for safe biking throughout spring and summer.

We are all in on safety – on bikes, in cars and at home – and we make some of the safest laser pointers out there. As we roll into spring and before summer holidays, we’ve got a few reminders about safety.

Alpec’s Commitment to Laser Safety

Bright, flashing lights installed on bicycles and wearing bright yellow safety vests can help drivers see – and safely avoid – bicyclists. And more and more towns have implemented Safe Routes to School programs to make it safer for school-age citizens to ride and walk safely to school.

Like safe bicyclists, we know how important safety is, no matter what activity you choose. At Alpec, our focus is on laser pointers and all Alpec lasers provide 100% IR filtration, the standard to safely avoid eye damage, plus approval from the FDA and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). All Alpec laser pointers are certified as safe to use for presentation and pointing.

While we don’t recommend using our lasers while riding a bicycle, we do have a few tips when using lasers safely at home and at work.

Tips to Prevent Eye Damage

We’ve studied lasers of all kinds and make handheld laser pointers that are extremely safe. Here are a few pointers to keep your eyes and your community safe when using lasers.

  • Never aim or shine a laser directly at anyone, including animals.
  • Do not aim a laser at any vehicle, aircraft, or shiny surface.
  • Do not buy laser pointers for children or allow children to use them. Laser pointers are not toys. Even an FDA-recommended IEC Class I Laser Product includes some risk.
  • Do not buy or use any laser that emits more than 5 mW power, or that does not have the power output printed on the labeling.
  • Immediately consult a health care professional if you experience eye sensitivity or “flashing” after using a laser.

Be Safe Out There

Lasers, including handheld lasers, are specialty tools – we do not recommend using lasers as toys. No matter your plans for spring and summer, please be safe out there.