Is Laser Tag Dangerous? (All Dangers Explained)

Are you thinking about playing Laser Tag but hesitate because it might be dangerous? If so, you’ve come to the right place because, in this blog, we will go into detail about the possible dangers of Laser Tag.

Is Laser Tag as dangerous as similar sports? Continue reading to find out!

Is Laser Tag Dangerous?

Laser Tag is a low-risk activity; major accidents are uncommon.

Because you are actively participating during a game (which is mainly running), there is a chance that you will fall, bump into another player or one of the obstacles, or sustain a (minor) injury.

There is never a 100% certainty that you will leave the playing field without any of these. However, how you play has a significant impact on this.

Accidents will happen less frequently if you pay close attention, everyone follows the rules, and no one acts recklessly. Laser tag is far less dangerous than similar sports like paintball and Airsoft.

If you want to learn more about this topic, read on quickly.

In this blog, we discuss the various risks that come with playing Laser Tag. I also explain what you can do to lower your risk of harm and what rules you should follow.

What Are The Risks of Playing Laser Tag?

There are some risks to playing Laser Tag, and while they are usually minor, you can still get bruises or (minor) injuries. All of the risks are listed below.

Falling or stumbling:

Laser Tag is frequently played in a dark environment where you are unfamiliar with the obstacles in the playing arena. Because of this, there is a chance that you will fall or stumble.

Running into something or someone:

You may fall or trip for various reasons, including colliding with someone or something. This is especially likely to occur when two people run into each other at full speed.

(Minor) injuries such as a sprained ankle or strained muscle:

Due to all the running, you might sprain your ankle or pull a muscle. Even though it doesn’t happen often, performing a quick warm-up beforehand is not unreasonable.

Hitting someone with a gun:

It is important to keep a firm grip on your weapon while playing, preferably with two hands.

If someone gets too close to a player and gets startled, they might wave their gun around. If you hit someone with it, you can seriously injure them.

How to Make a Game of Laser Tag Less Dangerous

You can do several things yourself to make Laser Tag less dangerous. You can find out which ones they are by reading the list below.

Don’t run too fast:

There’s a big chance that you will have to run at some point during a game, and when you do, remember to proceed with caution.

Don’t run at full speed, and take careful note of where you want to go before you start running.

Wear clothing that stands out:

Wearing noticeable clothes lessens the likelihood that someone will run into you. Your opponent is more likely to see you. However, if you want to win, I recommend wearing dark clothing.

Tie your laces properly:

Tying your laces properly keeps them from untangling and prevents you from tripping over them.

Wear shoes with a good grip:

Preferably wear shoes that have a good grip. This reduces the chance of slipping.

Wear high shoes:

Your ankles will be more supported if you wear high heels. This reduces the possibility of spraining your ankle.

Stay focused:

Keep your attention on the game. Staying sharp lowers your chances of colliding with something or someone.

Rules to Make Laser Tag Less Dangerous

Before you can enter the playing field, the game instructor will go over some ground rules. These rules are in place to ensure the game is fair and safe.

The rules may differ from one laser tag center to the next, but the ones listed below are universal.

Keep your distance:

You are not allowed to get too close to other players or rivals intentionally. There is a chance that if you stand too close to someone and you aim with your weapon, you will hit them.

Hold the gun firmly at all times:

Maintaining a firm grip on the gun is crucial while playing. You risk hurting yourself or another player if you start waving the gun around.

No crawling:

You are not permitted to crawl on all fours. If you do, people may not notice you and trip. It is also prohibited because it could cause damage to the gun.

Do not lie on the ground:

You should not lie on the ground because this increases the chance of someone tripping over you. This will also block sensors on the front of your vest, so you should avoid doing it.

Do not climb on the obstacles:

You shouldn’t climb on the obstacles since you could fall and hurt yourself. There’s also the risk of damaging the obstacles or the vest and gun you’re carrying.

Do not wear open shoes:

You are not allowed to play in sandals or flip-flops. In flip-flops, your chances of falling or twisting your ankle are much higher than in regular shoes.

If someone steps on your toes accidentally, you are more likely to be injured if you wear open shoes.

Do not bring food or drinks:

You are not permitted to bring food or drink onto the playing field. You or someone else can slip if you spill something.

Is Laser Tag Painful?

Laser tag is generally not painful.

It is completely painless to be hit by a laser beam. It can be painful when you fall, bump into something or someone, or suffer another (minor) injury.

(Click here if you want to know more about whether Laser Tag is painful)

Is Laser Tag Dangerous Compared to Paintball?

Paintball is a sport that has many similarities to Laser Tag. You now know that Laser Tag is not an extremely dangerous sport, and the same goes for paintball.

However, it can be dangerous if people do not follow the rules that have been discussed beforehand.

For paintball, you must wear your face shield at all times. This protects your entire face but is especially important for your eyes. If you get a paintball in your eyes, it could cause severe and permanent damage.

With paintball, your chances of returning home with injuries are higher than with Laser Tag.

Especially if you wear thin clothing or just a t-shirt and shorts, when a paintball hits your bare skin, it can cause bruising.

Like Laser Tag, there is a possibility of falling or bumping into someone or something when playing paintball.

Paintball has an advantage over Laser Tag because it is often played outside during the day, giving you a clearer view of your surroundings.

Is Laser Tag Dangerous Compared to Airsoft?

Airsoft and paintball are very similar to Laser Tag. Like Laser Tag, Airsoft is not a very dangerous sport.

Airsoft requires the use of safety goggles or safety masks to protect the eyes. Wearing eye protection is therefore mandatory.

When a bullet (also called BB) enters your eyes, it can cause severe and permanent damage.

Because airsoft is often played during the day and outside, there is more visibility than with Laser Tag. The chance that you will run into someone or something is smaller.

Similar to Laser Tag, there’s a chance you might trip and fall.

If you wear thin clothing such as a t-shirt with shorts underneath, there is a chance that you will go home with bruises. A BB can hit your bare skin with enough force to leave bruising.


There is always the possibility of bruises or minor injuries when playing Laser Tag. However, serious accidents are rare.

When everyone sticks to the rules, and when you follow the different tips written above, you reduce the chance of bruises and injuries.

Laser Tag is safer than Airsoft and paintball. This is primarily because Laser Tag uses harmless and painless laser beams for shooting.

John Davis

The first time I was introduced to Laser Tag was at a friend's kids' party. I was immediately sold on the excitement and adrenaline the game gave me. This eventually led me to start my own Laser Tag center and play Laser Tag competitively. Through my articles, I hope to bring more attention to the sport.
July 27, 2022
Published: July 27, 2022