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Safety commission issues fidget spinner safety tips

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued safety tips for people who have purchased or plan to purchase those rotating toys known as fidget-spinners.

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.

As a result, Buerkle is advising buyers to take some precautions; 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.

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.

If a fidget spinner is marketed and is primarily intended for children 12 years of age and younger, companies must certify that their product meets toy safety and other standards, including limits for phthalates, lead content, and lead in paint.

Other tips

Fidget spinners and children:

  • Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age.
  • The plastic and metal spinners have small pieces (including batteries) that can be a choking hazard. Choking incidents involving children up to age 14 have been reported.
  • 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.

Battery-operated fidget spinners:

  • Have working smoke alarms in your house to protect you if there is a fire.
  • Be present when products with batteries are charging.
  • Never charge a product with batteries overnight while you are sleeping.
  • Always use the cable that came with the fidget spinner.
  • If the fidget spinner did not come with a cable, make sure to use one with the correct connections for charging.
  • Unplug your fidget spinner immediately once it is fully charged.

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