Worcestershire residents and businesses are being warned against purchasing poor quality spinners after recent tests highlighted potential safety issues.
A recent survey of retailers conducted by Worcestershire Trading Standards revealed that a high proportion of products did not have the correct safety labelling and warnings and some had parts which detached during safety testing.
The spinners and fidget toys were originally intended as a therapeutic tool for children who struggled to concentrate in class but they are now produced and marketed as toys, should be safe and comply with Toy Safety Regulations.
Choking on small toy parts is a particular safety risk and the law requires warning labels on toys for children under 36 months old.
The sheer variety of spinners available on the market means that sellers and buyers should also look out for issues such as sharp edges and LED lights containing Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries, if ingested, can cause internal bleeding and should be secured in a compartment that children cannot get into.
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: “These spinners have really caught on and are obviously fun to use. What we don’t want to see is that fun ruined by serious injury or worse and so we are urging sellers to ensure their products are safe and parents to be aware of potential problems.”
Here are some top tips from the Trading Standards Officers
- Only buy from a reputable source.
- Check that the spinner has a CE mark & age restriction warning
- Return toys to sellers if safety warnings are not present, as the spinner could be unsafe
- Make sure there are no loose parts
- Only allow children over 3 years to use a spinner
- If a toy is or becomes broken, throw it away or return to the seller if it's not fit for purpose or defective
If you would like to report a spinner incident please visit www.worcestershireTS.gov.uk or for consumer advice on your rights, please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06