Warn­ing overkids’ fid­get spin­ners

Rutherglen Reformer - - Grants - Staff re­porter

South La­nark­shire trad­ing Stan­dards (SLTS) has warned res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang to make sure their kids’ fid­get spin­ners are safe.

The pop­u­lar toys are the lat­est craze but trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cers have warned that, as with all toys, lev­els of safety can vary widely.

A state­ment from SLTS said: “A fid­get spin­ner should bear the CE mark, and de­tails of the im­porter to show it has been tested for safety. Un­for­tu­nately it seems that in a lot of cases this has not hap­pened.

“Sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns raised with trad­ing stan­dards across the coun­try in­clude parts be­com­ing loose or de­tached, pos­ing a chok­ing haz­ard.

“Where but­ton cell bat­ter­ies are in­cluded (in some light up mod­els) lit­tle fin­gers can get into them if they are not prop­erly se­cured. Swal­low­ing a but­ton cell bat­ter­ies can be lifethreat­en­ing, and will re­quire im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

“Tests have shown that some of these mod­els can also con­tain very high lev­els of lead and even mer­cury.”

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