A number of accidents caused by fidget spinners have been reported in the US, leading a government agency to issue a warning urging people to be more careful with the trendy toy.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a fidget spinner safety guidance to help consumers understand the ways in which the product can be harmful.

According to the government body, there have been instances of choking, as well as two instances of battery-operated fidget spinners catching fire and another one melting.

CNN reports that, in May, a 10-year-old girl choked on part of her spinner and had to have surgery to have the part removed.

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"Keep them from small children; the plastic and metal spinners can break and release small pieces that can be a choking hazard; and older children should not put fidget spinners in their mouths," Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chief of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in a statement.

The agency recommends that parents keep fidget spinners away from children under the age of 3.

It is also not recommended to leave battery-operated fidget spinners charging overnight and users should only use the cable that came with the product.

The fidget spinners should be unplugged as soon as they finish charging.

Because fidget spinners are considered a general-use product for all ages (including adults), they don't have to meet the same standards that children's toys are subjected to.