Battery-powered fidget spinners can burst into flames

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Fun fact: Battery-powered fidget spinners can burst into flames. Two local news outlets in different states recently reported that fidget spinners had erupted into small fires while plugged into an outlet.

These are the kind of fidget spinners that come equipped with bluetooth speakers, which means you have to charge them. Within an hour of charging their little toys, a family in Michigan and another in Alabama realized their spinners were on fire. One even burnt a black patch in the carpet, and now the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating.

“Consumers should stay with products that have batteries when they are charging,” the commission said in a statement mostly filled with pro tips for not setting your house on fire. “Never charge a product with batteries overnight while you are sleeping. Always follow the manufacturers instructions and use the charger from the manufacturer that is designed specifically for your device.”

The commission also said they’re looking into reports that young kids have choked on fidget spinners.

If you don’t know what fidget spinners are, neither do I, really. But basically, they’re little toys that look like the red thing in the picture up top, and you spin them in your hand, and that’s kind of it. They’re one of those simple fad toys you’ll probably not hear from again in a few weeks, so hopefully (seriously) we’ll all get through that period without a house burning down.

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