The CPSC is investigating reports that pieces can break off spinners, posing a choking hazard, and that battery-operated spinners potentially can spark fires.
Following several incidents in which it became increasingly clear that toys-of-the-moment fidget spinners weren't just exploding in popularity, but actually exploding, federal safety regulators have issued a safety alert aimed at reducing the potential for injuries and fire hazards associated with the gadgets.
The fire risk is due to some fidget spinners using a rechargeable battery, which makes the spinner light up when in use, for example.
To this end, the CPSC issued several tips meant to prevent such incidents, as well as reduce the chance that younger users could choke on the toys' parts.
It noted that youth as old as 14 years have experienced choking incidents, and recommended that children under three not be given any access to the toys.
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 fidget spinners should be unplugged as soon as they finish charging.
Consumers should be present when products with batteries are charging.
The commission's acting chair, Anne Marie Buerkle, even put out a press release encouraging people to let them know about unsafe fidget spinners and "help our agency stay on top of this emerging hazard". And don't charge it overnight while you're sleeping!
Have working smoke alarms in your house to protect you if there is 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.
"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".