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New Fidget Spinner Safety Guidelines Prove We Can't Have Nice Things

12 August 2017, 02:57 | Winifred Adams

A warning has been issued over fidget spinners Credit AP

A warning has been issued over fidget spinners


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

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.

So far this year, there have been several incidents in which chargeable fidget spinners have burst into flames while plugged in.

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

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

CNN reports that, in May, a 10-year-old girl choked on part of her spinner and had to have surgery to have the part removed.

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According to the government body, there have been instances of choking, as well as two instances of battery-operated fidget spinners catching fire and another one melting.

The spinners are especially popular with teenagers, and what teenagers find cool, younger children want to play with. Gadgets like fidget cubes and spinners are increasingly popular in homes and schools.

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

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.

Reports of these incidents resulted in the Safety Commission starting an investigation, and while the toys aren't facing any sort of recall action, the CPSC does advise that users or their parents should be present in the room at all times when a fidget spinner is charging.

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