It’s important to keep magnet safety in mind around Neodymium magnets because they are more powerful than other kind of magnet on the planet. The incredibly powerful force between magnets can often be surprising to those unfamiliar with their strength. They must be handled with care to avoid personal injury or damage to the magnets. MagneTronz magnetic spinners are recommended for ages 12 and up.
Neodymium magnets are not for children
Neodymium magnets are not toys. Children should not be allowed to handle neodymium magnets. Small magnets can pose a choking hazard. If multiple magnets are swallowed, they can attach to one another through intestine walls. This can cause a severe health risk, requiring immediate, emergency surgery if correctly diagnosed.
Neodymium magnets can affect pacemakers
The strong magnetic fields near a neodymium magnet can affect pacemakers, ICDs and other implanted medical devices. Many of these devices are made with a feature that deactivates it with a magnetic field. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid inadvertently deactivating such devices.
Neodymium magnets are brittle and fragile
Neodymium magnets are made of a hard, brittle material. Despite being made of metal, and the shiny, metallic appearance of their nickel plating, they are not as durable as steel. Neodymium magnets can peel, chip, crack or shatter if allowed to slam together. Eye protection should be worn when handling magnets, since shattering magnets can launch small pieces at great speeds.
Magnets can affect magnetic media
The strong magnetic fields near neodymium magnets can damage magnetic media such as, credit cards, magnetic I.D. cards, computer hard drives or other such devices. They can also damage televisions, computer monitors and CRT displays. Avoid placing neodymium magnets near electronic appliances.
Those with nickel allergies should avoid prolonged contact with magnets
A small percentage of people have a nickel allergy, where an allergic reaction can cause redness and a skin rash. Those with nickel allergies should avoid directly handling nickel plated neodymium magnets.
Strong magnetic fields can interfere with compasses and navigation
IATA (International Air Transport Association) and US Federal rules and regulations cover shipping magnets by air and ground delivery. Magnetic fields can influence compasses or magnetometers used in air transport. They can also affect internal compasses of smartphones and GPS devices.
Neodymium magnets can corrode
Neodymium magnets can rust or corrode in the presence of moisture. While the three layer, nickel-copper-nickel plating on most magnets provides enough protection for many applications, they are not waterproof. If used underwater, outdoors or in a moist environment, they can corrode and lose magnetic strength.