Safety commission issues fidget spinner safety tips

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

The plastic and metal spinners have small pieces including batteries that can be a choking hazard.

In June, a Bluetooth-enabled fidget spinner that played music reportedly burst into flames after being left to charge for 45 minutes in a family home in Alabama.

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

Fidget spinner owners should be careful when using the toy as they could potentially be a choking or fire hazard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned.

As we've previously reported, fidget spinners have evolved from their modest designs with mechanical parts to include internal batteries that power bluetooth speakers, lights, and other features.

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Most spinners are considered general use, according to the CPSC, which means they are not subject to many regulations, although those with electronic components must follow existing rules for battery-operated toys.

In its Fidget Spinner Education Center, the agency further warns consumers to keep fidget spinners away from children younger than three. There was one notable choking incident in May that resulted in a 10-year-old having to get surgery to remove part of a spinner.

Read the full statement from CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle on fidget spinner safety.

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And in May, another battery-operated fidget spinner caught fire after being charged for less than half an hour, according to MI local TV station NBC 25 News. It also says children should keep them out of their mouths and avoid charging them overnight while sleeping. The CPSC advises that these batteries are never left charging unsupervised, should be unplugged as soon as the battery is charged, and that charging cable choice is very important (if the spinner shipped with a cable, use it!).

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