A glass bingo game of glass bongo can be a good time if you enjoy getting into your favourite glass-top table, but it can also be an extremely hazardous activity.
Glass bongs can cause serious injuries, even death, depending on the size and shape of the glass and the angle of the bong’s bowl.
The Australian Medical Association advises against glass bangers as a form of recreational activity.
“Glass bongs are dangerous because of the potential for injury and the potential of the water-borne diseases they may harbour,” the AMA said.
“The glass in a glass banger can become very brittle and break, causing damage to your skin, eyes, throat and lungs.”
Here are some tips to ensure you’re safe if you’re in the glass boggie mood.
Check for signs of broken glass When you’re playing a glassbanger, it’s always good to check for signs that you’re about to break glass.
Check your bowl, the edges of the bowl, your bong and any edges of your glass bender, or the top of the mouthpiece if it’s a bong with a hole in it.
Glass bowls can also come apart easily, so be sure to check if it is clear.
Never use your glass bowl if you have a history of lung cancer or other serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
If you’ve had a lung cancer diagnosis, check to see if the bongs you play have a warning label that warns users against inhaling certain substances, such as carbon monoxide or benzene.
Never drink from glass bowls You can drink glass bowls or other drinking containers from glass bogs.
However, the risk of choking is greater if you are in close contact with glass bowl surfaces or the glass bowls.
If you have ever had a severe headache, it is not advisable to drink from a glass bowl or other such drinking container.
If the glass bowl is damaged or broken, flush the bowl thoroughly with water and put it back in the banger.
Keep a bottle of water nearby to use if you need to bathe in it after a glass pipe is broken.
Be cautious when playing glass bands The Australian Health Practitioners Association advises that people should not be allowed to play glass boggles unless they have been fitted with an eye mask and goggles.
“Avoid drinking glass or drinking water from glass pipes and other pipes,” the group said.
Check the glass in your bongs Before you begin playing glassbongs, check your glass for any signs of damage.
If there is any, use a sieve to get the glass out.
It is best to use the sieve or a vacuum cleaner or vacuum cleaner attachment if the glass is brittle or difficult to clean.
You should also ensure that the bowl you are using has a protective coating on it, to reduce the chance of damaging it. 8.
Never play a glass box If you are playing glass box games, check the box for any damage before you begin.
You will also need to keep a clean bucket or dish on hand.
Always wear goggles when playing with glass in the bowl or when playing in groups If you’re not in a group of people, be aware that glass benders can damage their eyes.
It can also lead to eye injuries.
“Be aware that it is best not to play with glass or water in glass bowls in groups,” the Australian Medical Council advised.
Watch for changes in the sound of the sound The sound of glass blowing can be changed by changing the angle or direction of the wind.
If this sounds strange or unfamiliar to you, try moving the bowl slightly away from the bowl to make it easier to hear the sound.
You can also play the sound with the bender in the other direction, but this is not recommended.
Wear earplugs if you use glass bowls The wind can make the sound change dramatically and change the colour of the smoke you get.
This can be especially upsetting if you play bongs that have a small diameter bowl.
“If you play a bowl with a bowl that is large and you are sitting in a big group of friends, the sound may not be as clear,” the AAMI said.