Fidget spinners are typically designed with a center bearing with weights around the perimeter and are spun in a person's hand. The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has a new "guidance" out with a page explaining how to safely spin a toy.
The plastic and metal spinners have small pieces including batteries that can be a choking hazard.
"Fidget spinners can be fun to use but consumers and companies should be aware of some of the safety concerns associated with this product", the CPSC statement read.
The agency recommends that parents keep fidget spinners away from children under the age of 3. The regulations recommend being present when the batteries are charging, only using the charger provided with the spinner, and unplugging the spinner as soon as the batteries are fully charged-the "do not look into the sun" of safety recommendations. There was one notable choking incident in May that resulted in a 10-year-old having to get surgery to remove part of a spinner.
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. Their merits as a therapeutic device remain up for debate, and many schools have banned them from classrooms because they cause a distraction. 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.
Fidget spinners have become extremely popular with people of all ages, including young children.
Those experts say you should remind your children to never put the fidget spinner in their mouth or play with them near anyone's face.
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.