Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Are Fidget Spinners Dangerous? Consumer Group Issues a Warning

Are Fidget Spinners Dangerous? Consumer Group Issues a Warning

22tomtom / DreamstimeThe fidget spinner: harmless fad that suffered a cultural backlash nearly as soon as we became aware they existed?

Fidget spinners should be kept away from children under the age of 3, the statement said.

Unfortunately, little oversight has resulted in a bunch of generic electronic fidget spinners hitting the market, some with questionable origins and build quality. 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.

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 CPSC listed ways to ensure the toy is being used safely.

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Fidget spinners spun into popularity this spring.

In addition, parents are given the generic warning to keep the toy from young kids who may choke on the small components released in the event that the toy breaks.

The fire risk is due to some fidget spinners using a rechargeable battery, which makes the spinner light up when in use, for example. It added that they should only be charged using the cable they came with, or a cable with the "correct connections for charging". The advise even includes having working smoke alarms in your home to help avoid a fire. 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.

CPSC wants that all the retailers to sell the fidget spinners to children of 12 years old or above and the product has to meet some standards (US Toy Standard ASTM F963-16). Don't stick random toys in your mouth, and be careful about batteries overheating when charging your gadgets.

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