Fidget spinners catching fire prompts warning from USA government

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a fidget spinner safety guidance to help consumers understand the ways in which the product can be harmful.

Read the full statement from CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle on fidget spinner safety.

The guidelines were issued at the behest of the fidget-spinner manufacturers who were unsure whether their product was subject to the same regulations that govern many other toys, said CPSC spokeswoman Patty Davis. Don't stick random toys in your mouth, and be careful about batteries overheating when charging your gadgets. Incidents of choking have been reported for children up to the age of 14. Adults should be aware of the choking risks for children and shouldn't give the spinners to small kids because the toy can have detachable small pieces which can be risky if swallowed.

For consumers, the CPSC recommends that fidget spinner users avoid playing with them around their faces or putting them in their mouths. Primarily, fidget spinners have small parts that children can choke on. 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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Unfortunately, little oversight has resulted in a bunch of generic electronic fidget spinners hitting the market, some with questionable origins and build quality.

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

"Like any battery-operated product, consumers should be present and pay attention to their devices while charging them", Buerkle said.

The CPSC is also encouraging businesses to review the agency's guidance on fidget spinners.

Vanessa Coleman