CPSC Safety Guidance for Fidget Spinners


The toy has been popular for a handful of months now with few signs of slowing, and during its time the toy has caused some issues for certain owners.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, however, is now warning that the products might not be suitable for everyone.

"As the agency investigates some reported incidents associated with this popular product, fidget spinner users or potential buyers should take some precautions", Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement.

If a fidget spinner is aimed at children aged 12 or younger, then it needs to adhere to US Toy Standard ASTM F963-16.

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.

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and fidget spinners are no different.

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Along with "decline of civilization", add "danger" to the list of reasons fidget spinners are bad for the youth: Two recent incidents reveal the mindfulness tool and classroom distraction can burst into flames and explode.

Have working smoke alarms in your house to protect you if there is a fire.

Experts say parents should remind kids never to put fidget spinners in their mouths or play with them near anyone's face.

In June, a Bluetooth fidget spinner caught fire in Alabama after it was left charging for about 45 minutes, the International Business Times reported.

As for battery-operated fidget spinners, the CPSC says it is important to use the charging cable that either comes with the fidget spinner or one that has the correct connections for the device as charging cables are not interchangeable. Finally, the spinner should be unplugged immediately after it is fully charged.