The United states government has called for giant inflatable spheres referred to as ‘water walking balls’ to be banned before someone is killed.
People climb into the plastic, water ball and then roll around – or make an effort to walk – on water in pools, lakes or rivers throughout the United states but safety chiefs believe you will discover a huge likelihood of suffocation or drowning.
Two individuals are already hurt when using ‘water walking balls’ within the last year and from now on the individual Product Safety Commission has urged state officials to outlaw the orbs.
The commission stated it ‘does not are aware of any safe method to use’ these products, that happen to be popular at amusement parks, resorts, malls and carnivals. They resemble hamster balls but they are large enough for humans.
‘We would like to tell the general public how dangerous these products are before someone is killed,’ said Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the commission.
The agency is concered about too little oxygen in the balls and also the buildup of carbon monoxide.
Officials can also be concerned how the product has no emergency exit and will be opened only from a person outside of the ball – a serious problem if someone inside of the bumper boat experiences distress.
The balls are like this type of water sphere employed by 007 in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever after he lands near Blofeld’s lair.
Bond gadget: The ‘water sphere’ utilized by 007 in Diamonds Are Forever
Within the first, a 5-year-old girl in Kingston, Massachusetts, passed out a year ago while in a ball for the brief time.
In the other, a young boy 91dexlpky a broken arm if the inflatable water roller he was in fell away from a shallow above-ground pool to the hard ground.
The balls, the commission says, can also spring a leak or puncture, raising the drowning risk, particularly with small children who can’t swim.
Calls to manufacturers for example Eurobungy USA in Miami were not immediately returned.
One company that sells this type of water balls says on its website there is enough oxygen to last half an hour. It says a ride usually lasts about 7-10 minutes, which the balls are not dangerous if they are utilized safely.
The commission said it has informed state amusement ride officials in the risks of the water walking balls. It is encouraging state officials not to enable the rides.