The fidget spinner craze has hit an all time high, and you’ve probably seen them in the hands of almost every kid you see, but now parents are saying they’re dangerous.
Cayden eventually got the spinner piece removed and is now OK.
Good Housekeeping Institute is now recommending that parents take caution when their child is playing with a fidget spinner, and have compiled a list of things to watch out for:
- Check for small parts. Anything that has a small part, or could conceivably be broken down through use or misuse into small parts should be kept away from young children. While there is a standard for testing the size, a simple at home test is to see if any component could fit through a toilet paper roll.
- Get rid of broken toys: Beyond the potential for a choking hazard, they may also lead to unintended sharp edges that can lead to injury.
- Read the labeling. Check the recommended age rating on the toy to make sure they are appropriate for your child’s age range. Be particularly diligent if you have younger kids at home who may try to play with an older sibling’s toys.
- Supervision is key. Even if there is no warning on the toy being tested, nothing takes the place of a parent keeping an eye on their child.
- Register your product. By doing so, you’ll be alerted if your toy has been recalled. Or sign up for a recall alert at recalls.gov.
- Notify the CPSC with any problems. Go to saferproducts.gov and you can report product issues online, by phone, email or postal mail. All reports are reviewed, and consumers can view your report if you give them permission to help others make more responsible choices.