A number of accidents caused by fidget spinners have been reported in the U.S., leading a government agency to issue a warning urging people to be more careful with the trendy toy. But after some unsafe incidents involving the popular gizmos, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued new fidget spinner safety guidance for consumers and businesses. However, the spinners contain small plastic and metal parts, which form a choking hazard in the wrong hands.
Reports of these incidents resulted in the Safety Commission starting an investigation, and while the toys aren't facing any sort of recall action, the CPSC does advise that users or their parents should be present in the room at all times when a fidget spinner is charging.
Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age. Choking incidents have been reported in children up to age 14, according to the commission.
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and fidget spinners are no different.
A fidget spinner, of course, is the simple toy you've probably spotted kids playing with at some point. Their merits as a therapeutic device remain up for debate, and many schools have banned them from classrooms because they cause a distraction.More news: Sebastian Gorka Interview On Radio 4's Today Programme Prompts Disbelief
If the fidget spinner did not come with one, make sure to use a cable with the correct connections for charging. As for the battery precautions, the safest option is simply to pick a fidget spinner without a battery.
The spinners are especially popular with teenagers, and what teenagers find cool, younger children want to play with.
Consumers who purchase these products should have working smoke alarms in their home and never charge the product overnight.
In June, a Bluetooth fidget spinner caught fire in Alabama after it was left charging for about 45 minutes, the International Business Times reported.