Brace yourselves, parents. It turns out that the hottest toy of summer 2017, the fidget spinner, tops the list of most dangerous.
According to World Against Toys Causing Harming (W.A.T.C.H.), a group that advocates for children’s safety, that triangular-shaped piece of plastic that keeps your tot’s hands busy is actually pretty harmful.
“Do not be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe simply because it is popular,” warns Joan E. Siff, President of W.A.T.C.H.
The toys themselves can be pretty easy to take apart, and once deconstructed are full of little bits that are just sooooo tempting for kids to put in their mouths, for one. Actually, loads of little ones have ended up in hospital for swallowing the tiny pieces, and parents are taking to Facebook to share their concern and inform others.
And then there’s what happens when they’re propelled by a little compressed air… Do not try this at home!
While fidget spinners topped the W.A.T.C.H. list, other summer hazards like hoverboards with lithium batteries were also called out as potential causes of owies, as were bouncy castles and trampolines (no surprise on the latter, kids have been hurting themselves on trampolines for decades).
Though quite possibly the most shocking on the list (no pun intended, we assure you), which ranked number two: electric-shock drownings. This often happens silently when a swimmer jumps into a lake and receives a fatal shock due to electrical currents in the water.
“One of our goals today is to be proactive and raise awareness about hazards that may not be widely known but still may be linked to deaths each summer, such as swimmers getting electrocuted from nearby wiring,” said Siff.
While reading these seemingly endless dangers might make you want to keep your kid in a bubble forever, the purpose of these lists is actually the opposite. Parents should be informed and empowered, and from there, make smart and educated decisions to have a ridiculously fun and safe summer vacation.