Unless you've been living under a heavy rock — like, a really heavy one — you probably know about fidget spinners. And if you have kids, you probably have at least one fidget spinner somewhere in your house at this exact moment. If you don't understand the purpose of them, don't worry — we don't really either. But kids can't seem to get enough of the addictive spinning toy.
If your kids are into them, you should know that some of the fidget spinners aren't as safe as you might think. Battery-powered fidget spinners can burst into flames. They're the ones that come equipped with bluetooth speakers, which means they need to be charged.
Two news outlets in two different states reported that while plugged into an outlet, fidget spinners caught fire.
After their fidget spinners had been charging for an hour, a family in Alabama and another in Michigan realized their spinners were on fire. And now the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the major problem.
"Consumers should stay with products that have batteries when they are charging," the commission said in a statement to ABC News. "Never charge a product with batteries overnight while you are sleeping. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and use the charger from the manufacturer that is designed specifically for your device."
The commission is also investigating reports that young kids have choked on fidget spinners.
"We advise parents to keep fidget spinners away from young children, because they can choke on small parts," the statement continued. "Warn older children not to put fidget spinners in their mouths."
The good news is that your kids will likely be completely over the fad toy by the end of summer. That is, if something cooler and more addicting comes along.