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Fidget spinners involved in multiple choking incidents

11 August 2017, 11:03 | Rodolfo Wallace

Fidget spinners involved in multiple choking incidents

The CPCS is warning of safety hazards concerning fidget spinners

Always use the cable that came with the fidget spinner.

A number of accidents caused by fidget spinners have been reported in the USA, leading a government agency to issue a warning urging people to be more careful with the trendy toy. Most notably, manufacturers have begun creating Bluetooth-equipped fidget spinners that can be connected to a smartphone to monitor spin rates and such.

But the Consumer Product Safety Commission says small parts can come off easily, and have been implicated in choking incidents in kids up to age 14. As for the battery precautions, the safest option is simply to pick a fidget spinner without a battery.

Most spinners are considered general use, according to the CPSC, which means they are not subject to many regulations, although those with electronic components must follow existing rules for battery-operated toys. Primarily, fidget spinners have small parts that children can choke on.

The commission's acting chair, Anne Marie Buerkle, even put out a press release encouraging people to let them know about unsafe fidget spinners and "help our agency stay on top of this emerging hazard".

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Users should also not play with fidget spinners near their face.

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

Some fidget spinners also have batteries in them to operate little lights, so if you have one of those, go make sure your smoke detectors are in working order right this minute!

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

As for battery-operated fidget spinners, the CPSC says 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. Finally, the spinner should be unplugged immediately after it is fully charged.

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