Warnings about fidget spinners

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- Residents have probably seen fidget spinners around in retail stores around the area.

They're small, easy to play with, and cheap to buy.

So how are fidget spinners considered to be such a hazard to small children?

Last month, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., or WATCH, released a list of the 10 most dangerous toys on the market during the Christmas season.

The fidget spinners were on that list saying they are considered a choking hazard to children.

CBS News also reported last month that the retail store Target was selling fidget spinners that had high levels of lead.

Texoma Medical Center, Dr. David Darrigan, told us that fidget spinners can also get stuck on your fingers which could cut off the blood circulation.

He gave some recommendations on how to handle fidget spinners when around small children.

"I would just think of the pros and cons to see if it's something your child absolutely needs," Dr. Darrigan said. "You know, there are other toys that have the same benefits of fidget spinners. If you do, make sure you keep it away from small children. If they break, pick them up right away and make sure to teach them no if they start to put them on digits where they don't belong."

He also told us TMC has seen cases of pieces of fidget spinners getting stuck in a child's throat and fidget spinners getting stuck on fingers.

For a complete list of what toys have been deemed "unsafe", you can find that at https://toysafety.org/.