Fidget spinner fire warning

Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

The federal government issued new guidelines Thursday for the manufacture and use of fidget spinners, the tiny twirlers that have become 2017's biggest schoolyard fad .

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

The business guidance, on the other hand, defines everything from what's considered a fidget spinner to the requirements the products need to meet before being certified safe for consumers. If their recommendations on the obsolescing toy seem uninspired, well, we've been here before. Primarily, fidget spinners have small parts that children can choke on. The most notable of these accidents happened in May, when a 10-year-old girl from Texas needed surgery to remove a bearing from her throat.

There have been a handful of choking incidents reported with the toys, as well as two instances of battery-operated spinners catching on fire and another incident in which a fidget spinner melted, the agency said. Gadgets like fidget cubes and spinners are increasingly popular in homes and schools. This decision took place after reports of some incidents with battery-operated spinners which caught fire.

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"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.

Never charge a product with batteries overnight while you are sleeping. As CNN notes, manufacturers already warn that the spinners are potentially a choking hazard.

If the fidget spinner did not come with one, make sure to use a cable with the correct connections for charging. 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.

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