The United states government has called for giant inflatable spheres called ‘water walking balls’ to be banned before someone is killed.
People climb in to the plastic, water ball then roll around – or make an effort to walk – on water in pools, lakes or rivers across the United states but safety chiefs believe there exists a huge likelihood of suffocation or drowning.
Two individuals have already been hurt when using ‘water walking balls’ within the last year and from now on the customer Product Safety Commission has urged state officials to outlaw the orbs.
The commission said it ‘does not are aware of any safe approach to use’ these products, that happen to be popular at amusement parks, resorts, malls and carnivals. They resemble hamster balls however are large enough for humans.
‘We want to tell people how dangerous these kinds of products are before someone is killed,’ said Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the commission.
The company is concered about too little oxygen in the balls and also the buildup of deadly carbon monoxide.
Officials are also concerned how the product has no emergency exit and may be opened only from a person outside of the ball – a severe problem if a person inside of the kids bumper boat experiences distress.
The balls are similar to water sphere utilized by James Bond in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever after he lands near Blofeld’s lair.
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From the first, a 5-year-old girl in Kingston, Massachusetts, passed out a year ago while in a ball for any brief time.
From the other, a young boy 91dexlpky a broken arm once the inflatable water roller he was in fell out of a shallow above-ground pool on the hard ground.
The balls, the commission says, can also spring a leak or puncture, raising the drowning risk, especially with small children who can’t swim.
Calls to manufacturers like Eurobungy USA in Miami were not immediately returned.
One company that sells the water balls says on its website there is sufficient oxygen to last thirty minutes. It says a ride usually lasts about 7-10 mins, and this the balls are certainly not dangerous if they are utilized safely.
The commission stated it has informed state amusement ride officials in the risks related to the water walking balls. It is actually encouraging state officials to never allow the rides.