Warning Issued for Popular Spinners

Warning Issued for Popular Spinners

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.

A safety warning has been issued about fidget spinners, the tiny toy which has become a worldwide phenomenon. However, the spinners contain small plastic and metal parts, which form a choking hazard in the wrong hands.

CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle says the agency is investigating some reported incidents associated with the popular product, including fires involving battery-operated fidget spinners. The regulations recommend being present when the batteries are charging, only using the charger provided with the spinner, and unplugging the spinner as soon as the batteries are fully charged-the "do not look into the sun" of safety recommendations.

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. Last week, an 11-year-old boy spent 16 hours in two different hospitals trying to have a fidget spinner removed from his finger. Their merits as a therapeutic device remain up for debate, and many schools have banned them from classrooms because they cause a distraction.

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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.

The agency also issued safety guidance on battery-operated fidget spinners. The advise even includes having working smoke alarms in your home to help avoid a fire.

If the fidget spinner did not come with a cable, make sure to use one with the correct connections for charging.

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

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