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CPSC offers guidance on use of fidget spinners

Popular toys can pose fire, chocking hazards

WASHINGTON – Given the popularity of fidget spinners, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued some guidance to businesses and parents regarding the sale and safe use of these items.

Fidget spinnerThe CPSC has offered guidance on the safe use of fidget spinners
While there are no mandatory CPSC requirements for these rotating toys, the CPSC has said that buyers and users should take precautions, particularly involving battery-operated versions.

“There have been some reports of fires involving battery-operated fidget spinners,” said CPSC Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. “Like any battery-operated product, consumers should be present and pay attention to their devices while charging them. 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.”

In addition, the CPSC advises parents to have working smoke alarms in the house in case of a fire and be present when all products with batteries are charging. In addition, it recommends never to charge a product with batteries overnight while you are sleeping and always unplug the fidget spinner immediately once the toy is fully charged.

Fidget spinners are primarily intended for children under 12, but the CPSC advises parents to keep them away from children under 3, as they have small pieces, including batteries that can be a choking hazard. Choking, incidents, it said, have been reported with children up to age 14. For this reason, the CPSC warns children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or toys with small pieces in their mouths and not to play with these toys near their faces.

See Buerkle’s full statement.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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