Fidget spinners involved in multiple choking incidents

Fidget spinners involved in multiple choking incidents

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.

A fidget spinner, of course, is the simple toy you've probably spotted kids playing with at some point. And don't charge it overnight while you're sleeping!

So far this year, there have been several incidents in which chargeable fidget spinners have burst into flames while plugged in. Fidget spinners are typically designed with a center bearing with weights around the perimeter and are spun in a person's hand. But the CPSC disagrees, noting "they can be fun to use", and giving a list of ways to stay safe.

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.

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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.

The spinners are especially popular with teenagers, and what teenagers find cool, younger children want to play with. As for the battery precautions, the safest option is simply to pick a fidget spinner without a battery. Primarily, fidget spinners have small parts that children can choke on.

The CPSC also warns that there are all sorts of regulations fidget spinner manufacturers must adhere to in order to legally sell their product in the market.

Be present when products with batteries are charging. 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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