Fidget spinners are typically designed with a center bearing with weights around the perimeter and are spun in a person's hand. But it turns out they can also be quite risky.
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 plastic and metal spinners have small pieces including batteries that can be a choking hazard. 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.
Be present when products with batteries are charging. Some even contain a speaker and use Bluetooth to transmit audio to it. It added that they should only be charged using the cable they came with, or a cable with the "correct connections for charging".
Have working smoke alarms in your house to protect you if there is a fire. According to the statement, fidget spinners may pose a risk of both explosions and choking in young children. So if you are out shopping for one, be sure to look for this on the packaging. The CPSC reasonably recommends not putting fidget spinners in your mouth.
"As the agency investigates some reported incidents associated with this popular product, fidget spinner users or potential buyers should take some precautions", Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement.
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.