The days of math lessons, reading drills and school lunches are right around the corner for students and teachers across the country, if they haven’t arrived already. Whether schools are embracing the fidget spinner craze or banning the gadgets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants them to be used safely and has added fidget spinner safety tips to its Safety Education Center in light of injury reports.
“As the agency investigates some reported incidents associated with this popular product, fidget spinner users or potential buyers should take some precautions,” CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said in a statement.
The CPSC recommends keeping fidget spinners from children younger than age 3 and warning all children to not place the spinners in their mouths because pieces, including batteries, can be a choking hazard if they break off. Choking incidents have occurred in children up to age 14.
Righting Injustice previously reported on a 10-year-old Texas girl and a 5-year-old Oregon boy who were sent to the hospital after swallowing part of their fidget spinners. Doctors had to go into the girl’s throat to retrieve the bearing from her spinner. The boy had to undergo surgery to have his fidget spinner piece removed.
In light of battery-operated fidget spinners bursting into flames — as was the case with an Alabama boy’s fidget spinner that burned a hole in the carpet when charging — the CPSC advises to have working smoke alarms, be present when the batteries are charging, always used the cable that came with the fidget spinner to charge it and unplug it immediately when it is completely charged.
“Fidget spinners can be fun to use but consumers and companies should be aware of some of the safety concerns associated with this product,” Buerkle said.