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CPSC Safety Guidance for Fidget Spinners

CPSC Safety Guidance for Fidget Spinners

It's always the simplest ideas that end up being the most popular, and that's exactly the case with fidget spinners.

When it comes to fidget spinners and choking, the CPSC notes that the plastic and metal spinners have small pieces that can break, creating a choking hazard.

The fire risk is due to some fidget spinners using a rechargeable battery, which makes the spinner light up when in use, for example.

But the Consumer Product Safety Commission says small parts can come off easily, and have been implicated in choking incidents in kids up to age 14.

A USA government body has released safety guidance for battery-operated fidget spinners, following incidents of the toys catching fire.

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.

Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age. And that poses a problem, because if there's a battery inside a thing, that thing can catch fire when you least expect it.

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Users should also not play with fidget spinners near their face.

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

The commission's acting chair, Anne Marie Buerkle, even put out a press release encouraging people to let them know about unsafe fidget spinners and "help our agency stay on top of this emerging hazard".

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

"The fidget spinner was on fire on my counter", she said.

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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