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Federal government issues fidget spinner guidelines, safety tips

Federal government issues fidget spinner guidelines, safety tips

"The plastic and metal spinners can break and release small pieces that can be a choking hazard, and older children should not put fidget spinners in their mouths".

A fidget spinner, of course, is the simple toy you've probably spotted kids playing with at some point.

The federal government issued new guidelines Thursday for the manufacture and use of fidget spinners, the tiny twirlers that have become 2017's biggest schoolyard fad .

The fire risk is due to some fidget spinners using a rechargeable battery, which makes the spinner light up when in use, for example.

CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle says the agency is investigating some reported incidents associated with the popular product, including fires involving battery-operated fidget spinners.

It is also not recommended to leave battery-operated fidget spinners charging overnight and users should only use the cable that came with the product. As for the battery precautions, the safest option is simply to pick a fidget spinner without a battery.

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Keep fidget spinners away from children under 3 years of age. Incidents of choking have been reported for children up to the age of 14. And that poses a problem, because if there's a battery inside a thing, that thing can catch fire when you least expect it.

Warn children of all ages not to put fidget spinners or small pieces in their mouths and not to play with the fidget spinner near their faces. The advise even includes having working smoke alarms in your home to help avoid a fire.

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.

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

"The fidget spinner was on fire on my counter", she said.