Walking On Water is a Miracle if You Survive: The CPSC Warns about the Dangers Associated with the Water Walking Ball or Hamster Ball
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning everyone that the water walking balls can seriously injure or kill someone. This new fad has turned up at swimming pools, resorts, islands, vacations, amusement parks, carnivals, children's birthday parties, block parties, water parks, malls, skiing resorts, sporting events or even in your own back yard.
In this day and age, all plastic bags come with a warning to keep away from children due to a risk of suffocation, yet a "water ball" is OK? A water ball is a huge plastic bag that is inflated with air and then tied shut. After a child or patron enters the ball, an air blower is used to inflate the ball and then the ball is zippered closed. Here is the scary part. The rider has no access to unzip the zipper if they are in trouble. The zipper can only be opened from the outside. Think about it, it is like putting a plastic bag over your head, tying it shut, and not being able to take it off. Anyone inside a water walking ball can deplete all the oxygen available in the ball and cause a rider to become unconscious or even die.
Once a person is inside the ball, it is inflated and then placed in a swimming pool, lake, or shallow body of water. Some have even used them on frozen ponds, ice skating rinks, down hills or on other hard surfaces. In addition to the risk of suffocation, there is no protection when a rider falls down in the ball. Riders can suffer traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, skull fractures, or even death after hitting their head on a pool floor, concrete, or colliding with another rider. This video shows just how dangerous it can be:
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