CPSC Safety Guidance for Fidget Spinners

CPSC Safety Guidance for Fidget Spinners

It's always the simplest ideas that end up being the most popular, and that's exactly the case with fidget spinners. But it turns out they can also be quite risky.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued safety tips for people who have purchased or plan to purchase those rotating toys known as fidget-spinners.

In May, a 10-year-old girl choked on a part of her fidget spinner and had to have the piece surgically removed.

Warn children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or small pieces in their mouths and not to play with the fidget spinner near their faces. However, the spinners contain small plastic and metal parts, which form a choking hazard in the wrong hands.

It noted that youth as old as 14 years have experienced choking incidents, and recommended that children under three not be given any access to the toys. Some even contain a speaker and use Bluetooth to transmit audio to it.

Have working smoke alarms in your house to protect you if there is a fire. Finally, the spinner should be unplugged immediately after it is fully charged. Businesses selling general-use spinners are still urged to make sure rechargeable ones have proper battery management systems, to lower their risk of catching fire.

Because fidget spinners are considered a general-use product for all ages (including adults), they don't have to meet the same standards that children's toys are subjected to.

"As the agency investigates some reported incidents associated with this popular product, fidget spinner users or potential buyers should take some precautions", Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement.

Never charge a product with batteries overnight while you are sleeping.