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Neodymium Magnets Safety and Handling Tips

Neodymium magnets are brittle – and can easily shatter and break. Shattering magnets can send small sharp metal pieces into the air at great speeds. Eye protection is recommended.  Handle with care.

Keep neodymium magnets away from children. Neodymium magnets are not toys. Do not allow children to handle or play with them. Small magnets can pose a serious choking hazard. If multiple magnets are swallowed, they can attach to each other through intestinal walls causing serious injuries and even death.

Neodymium magnets can jump together, pinch the skin, and cause serious injuries.  Neodymium magnets will leap and slam together.  Keep the magnet away from other magnets when handling.

Neodymium magnets may interfere with a pacemaker. Neodymium magnets create strong magnetic fields around them which can interfere with pacemakers, ICDs and other implanted medical devices.

Keep neodymium magnets away from magnetic media. Neodymium magnets can damage magnetic media such as credit cards, magnetic ID cards, cassette tapes, video tapes or other such devices. They can also damage older televisions, VCRs, computer monitors and CRT displays.

Keep neodymium magnets away from your GPS and smartphone. Magnetic fields could interfere with compasses or magnetometers used in navigation, as well as the internal compasses of smartphone and GPS devices.

Avoid contact with neodymium magnets if you have a nickel allergy. Studies show a small percentage of people suffer from an allergy to some metals including nickel. The allergic reaction is often manifested in redness and a skin rash. If you have a nickel allergy, try wearing gloves or avoid directly handling nickel-plated neodymium magnets.

Neodymium magnets can corrode. Our magnets are finished with a nickel plating, and this coating provides enough protection for most applications. But remember, neodymium magnets are not waterproof. They will rust or corrode in the presence of moisture. If used underwater, outdoors or in a moist environment, they can corrode and lose magnetic strength.

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