Lava lamps - are they safe? Need some advice...

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Southernbelle, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    My 7yo son would like a Lava Lamp for Christmas; he loves the way they move. I was all for it, but my husband says they aren't safe. I googled lava lamp safety and I heard about a story of a person dying because he tried to heat his lava lamp on the stove and it exploded. Mythbusters even confirmed that it was possible. So other than refraining from heating it on the stove - are there any other hazards to Lava Lamps? Does anyone know of a similar product that may be safer for a kid?
  2. accio! chickens

    accio! chickens Songster

    Nov 28, 2009
    I had a lava lamp when I was your sons age. I'm still alive.
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    They do break pretty easily, at least the ones I've seen. I can't think of a good alternative at the moment, if I think of something later I'll post it.
  4. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

    Apr 7, 2009
    I don't know of any hazards to lava lamps right off hand. I know they make miniature ones that you plug into your computer. I was thinking since your son is seven why not liquid motion toys? If you google liquid motion toys you can see all different kinds and most of those are made of plastic so if he was to drop it or knock it over it won't break. My 7 yr old son is fascinated by this thing at the dentist's office. It is an electric liquid motion toy green liquid in the bottom clear on top and somehow when you turn it on the green explodes up through the clear like a volcano. Here is a link to the little simple ones. They are pretty cheap too.

    Edited to say: The only thing I would be concerned with as far as a child and a real lava lamp go would be the glass and the heat. These liquid motion toys don't have either of those elements.

    Oh gosh this has me really thinking of gifts now LOL What about kinetic motion toys? You know those metal things you set in motion and it just keeps going?
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
  5. agnes_day

    agnes_day Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    they are perfectly safe..all of my boys had one at one point or another. and they broke them all too, in the end.
    [​IMG] they have an obsessive need to dismantle everything it seems. they also have those really neat lamps with the paper shade that rotates and casts interesting shadows on the walls.
  6. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    [​IMG] they have an obsessive need to dismantle everything it seems.

    I have one of those. We had we have stuff.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I had several way back in the 70s. I'm sure my father still has them packed away somewhere. They are perfectly safe.
  8. agnes_day

    agnes_day Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
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  9. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I have a blue lava lamp for like 3 years. It has not exploded yet. It does got hot to the touch though mostly at the base. The globe stays just warm. If you get him one I would just advise you to tell him that this is something we look at but dont touch.
  10. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

    Apr 7, 2009
    "We had we have stuff."

    That my friend is the story of my life. [​IMG]

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