Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

Fidget spinner explosions prompt Safety Commission warning

The toy has been popular for a handful of months now with few signs of slowing, and during its time the toy has caused some issues for certain owners.

On Thursday, Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairwoman of the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, released a statement addressing reports of "fires involving battery-operated fidget spinners" and providing guidelines for usage.

The plastic and metal spinners have small pieces including batteries that can be a choking hazard.

Reports of these incidents resulted in the Safety Commission starting an investigation, and while the toys aren't facing any sort of recall action, the CPSC does advise that users or their parents should be present in the room at all times when a fidget spinner is charging.

If a fidget spinner is aimed at children aged 12 or younger, then it needs to adhere to US Toy Standard ASTM F963-16. It also says children should keep them out of their mouths and avoid charging them overnight while sleeping. There are many different kinds of fidget spinners available in stores and online.

Along with "decline of civilization", add "danger" to the list of reasons fidget spinners are bad for the youth: Two recent incidents reveal the mindfulness tool and classroom distraction can burst into flames and explode.

The agency also issued safety guidance on battery-operated fidget spinners. 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.

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