Fidget spinners seem to be America’s latest obsession. But there’s a dark side to these entertaining little gadgets, and you may want to think twice before allowing your child to have one. As more information comes out about these popular toys, it’s clear why countless schools have banned them.
On Tuesday, safety officials called for a massive recall after discovering a lack of product safety information on popular fidget spinner brands and receiving countless reports of serious, life-threatening injuries.
If your child has a fidget spinner, please stop and take a moment to read through the following important warnings — by doing so, you may save a life!
Thousands of fidget spinners have been pulled from shelves due to warnings that their batteries could cause choking and internal bleeding if swallowed by young children.
Martin Veale, cabinet member for community services at B&NES, released the following statement: “Fidget spinners are new and currently very popular among young people. We want to ensure that, when using these device, young people are safe. Our Trading Standards officers have been looking at some of the spinners on sale and found them to have very small dangerous parts, so for public safety it’s only right that they be withdrawn from sale. Anyone buying a fidget spinner should purchase it from a reputable trader and ensure the safety warnings can be clearly seen on the packaging.”
Unfortunately, this recall notice came too late for some people. The Joniec family, for example, knows the danger of fidget spinners all too well.
Kelly Rose Joniec was driving her daughter home from school last week when she lived through her worst nightmare. It all began when Joniec heard her 10-year-old “make an odd retching noise in the back seat.”
Joniec shared her story in a social media post: “Looking back in the mirror, I saw Britton’s face turning red and drool pouring from her mouth — she could utter noises but looked panicked so I immediately pulled over. She pointed to her throat saying she’d swallowed something, so I attempted Heimlich but there was no resistance. She said she’d put part of her fidget spinner in her mouth and somehow swallowed it.”
An ambulance transported Britton to the emergency room where an X-ray showed the spinner lodged in her esophagus. Thankfully, doctors were able to perform a procedure that saved the young girl’s life.
Joniec warned fellow parents: “Fortunately we had a positive outcome, but it was pretty scary there for a while. From this I wish to offer some word of caution to parents. Fidget spinners are the current craze so they are widely distributed. Kids of all ages may be getting them, but not all spinners come with age-appropriate warnings. The bushings pop out easily, so if you have young kids… keep in mind that these present a potential choking hazard.”
These gadgets, which employ ball bearings and balanced blades inside their plastic casings to spin, have been found to contain dangerous amounts of lead and mercury.
Without patents governing who can and can’t manufacture them, and no way to confirm which ones have been made illegally, it’s hard to determine whether or not your child’s favorite gadget is safe.
An anti-lead-poisoning activist named Tamara Rubi tested several fidget spinner samples and the results were absolutely horrifying: out of 11 tested spinners, she found two with dangerously high levels of lead and mercury.
Watch the full experiment in the video below:
Fidget spinners are choking hazards and often contain dangerous amounts of lead and mercury, but that’s not all to be concerned about.
A new social media challenge with these gadgets is landing dozens of teenagers in the hospital with serious injuries.
Countless young adults are adding razor blades to their fidget spinners, making them incredibly dangerous and even deadly.
These makeshift fidget spinners are being used to compete in self-harming challenges that take place across social media.
In light of the dangers of fidget spinners, it may be a good idea to monitor your child’s use of the gadget.
Children under the age of 3: Keep these gadgets away from children under the age of three. Only toys that meet regulations set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are suitable for this age range.
Children ages 3-6: Consider only allowing your children to play with a fidget spinner under your supervision.
Children over 7: Be sure to inform your children of the choking hazards by warning them to keep spinners out of their mouths and explaining that because they haven’t been around very long, they may break apart in little pieces.
Teenagers: Discourage your teenagers from partaking in any dangerous social media challenges involving self-harm, and explain that any friend who pressures them to put themselves in danger isn’t a good friend.
Please educate your children about the severe dangers that may come with fidget spinners. And please share this important warning with every parent you know!
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