Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

A US government agency has issued a safety warning over fidget spinners, after multiple reports of the toys catching fire.

"Keep them from small children; the plastic and metal spinners can break and release small pieces that can be a choking hazard; and older children should not put fidget spinners in their mouths", Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement. As for the battery precautions, the safest option is simply to pick a fidget spinner without a battery. In one case, a child reported their Bluetooth fidget spinner having caught fire and exploding after charging for about 40 minutes.

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.

The agency recommends that parents keep fidget spinners away from children under the age of 3.

"Fidget spinners can be fun to use but consumers and companies should be aware of some of the safety concerns associated with this product", the CPSC statement read.

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. I'm not exaggerating: One of the CPSC's safety tips is to check that you have working smoke detectors if you have fidget spinners with batteries in your house.

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.

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

The fidget spinners should be unplugged as soon as they finish charging.

CPSC business requirements and guidelines for fidget spinners are available in our Business Education Center.

Consumers should be present when products with batteries are charging.

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