While fidget spinners have been around for years, this spring they became one of the most popular toys in the United States. The 3-inch twirling gadgets that were originally created to bring focus to children with autism or ADHD are now popular among children and adults who play with the toy as a stress reliever.
Since they became nationally known in March, stores haven’t been able to keep enough in stock. The affordable cost and ease of use have made them increasingly popular. On Amazon.com, 18 of the top 20 best-selling toys and games are fidget spinners.
Now, reports are being made about the dangers of this wildly popular toy. Many health warnings were sent out in the last few months about the toy being a choking hazard. Not only is that still a concern, new reports have come out warning that the toy has the potential to burst into flames.
The fire hazard is mostly a concern for the battery-operated versions of the toy. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that there have been several reports of fires involving fidget spinners and that buyers should take precautions with their use.
The main issue has been a result of the choice of charger that consumers have been using. Because many of the devices do not come with a charger, users have been finding other similar ones. However, some of these options are the source of the fire hazard. Additionally, reports of fire from the toy have been the result of leaving it charging unsupervised.
Acting Chair of the CPSC Ann Marie Buerkle said, “Like any battery-operated product, consumers should be present and pay attention to their devices while charging them. 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.”
The CPSC released a list of safety information and tips that will help reduce choking incidents and fire hazards.
To relieve choking hazards, they suggest the following:
-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 spinner near their faces.
To relieve fire hazards, they suggest the following:
-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.
What do you think about this? If you know someone that owns a fidget spinner, please share this so that they know the proper charging protocols. Recently, a baby product was recalled after a fatal flaw was discovered.