Have you heard about our consumer warning on water walking balls yet?
These balls are a new type of water-related recreational activity. You’ll find them at your local fair and amusement parks, on lakes and at the mall.
Before you jump in and try them out, be aware that this activity, called water walking, comes with potential risks of suffocation and drowning.
CPSC knows of two incidents involving these products. In one, a child was found unresponsive after being inside the ball for a short time. The child required medical attention. In another, a person inside a ball suffered a fracture when the ball fell out of a shallow, above-ground pool onto the hard ground.
Here’s what you should know:
- These balls are airtight. Because of this, carbon dioxide can accumulate inside the ball. High carbon dioxide and low oxygen levels … makes it very difficult to breathe. Such a dangerous scenario can occur in just a few minutes.
- Most balls have no emergency exit. They can be opened ONLY by a person outside the ball.
- These balls are not padded. This means that injuries can happen if the balls – and the people inside — collide with each other, strike hard objects like a pier or a buoy, or simply fall out of the pool onto concrete or another hard surface.
Before you take these risks – or let your child take these risks – understand that CPSC does not know of any safe way to use this product.