Fidget spinners causing unsafe accidents, United States government warns

Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

Safety Regulators Issue Safety Alert For Still-Popular Fidget Spinners

According to the government body, there have been instances of choking, as well as two instances of battery-operated fidget spinners catching fire and another one melting.

While fidget spinners may appear to be pretty harmless, there could be dangers lurking inside, from choking hazards to the potential to explode or catch fire.

A number of accidents caused by fidget spinners have been reported in the United States, leading a government agency to issue a warning urging people to be more careful with the trendy toy.

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

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing safety tips due to the risk they pose. As for the battery precautions, the safest option is simply to pick a fidget spinner without a battery.

The CPSC listed ways to ensure the toy is being used safely.

Additionally, users should always use the cable that comes with the spinner or make sure to use a cable with the correct connections.

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Additionally, because the CPSC says it is aware of choking incidents involving children up to age 14, the agency recommends warning children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or the gadgets' small pieces in their mouths.

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.

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

Unplug your fidget spinner immediately once it is fully charged.

Be present when products with batteries are charging.

CPSC advised that fidget spinners shouldn't be left unattended while charging, and should never be plugged in overnight.

The CPSC also warns that there are all sorts of regulations fidget spinner manufacturers must adhere to in order to legally sell their product in the market.

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