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Water Walking Balls: Safety Alert

Posted by Alina on Thursday May 5, 2011 Under safety

water walking ballsWhen traveling in Sweden with my family last year, I saw, for the first time, these Water Walking Balls offered in a large public park on an above ground inflatable  pool. It looked like a lot of fun, and only cost a few dollars for 10 minutes. My son was too young for it then, so we just watched the other kids “walking/crawling” on water inside these balls.

Here is how it works:  a person climbs inside a large, see-through plastic ball, the ball is inflated with a blower and then closed with a zipper which makes it airtight. The ball is then pushed onto a body of water and as the person tumbles around inside,  the ball stays afloat.

Although it looks like a blast, it can be quite dangerous. On March 31st, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released an alert about exactly this type of product, warning of danger of drowning, suffocation, and impact injuries. According to the article, “CPSC does not know of any safe way to use this product.” To  read the complete article from CPSC, CLICK HERE.

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Drowning does not look like it does in the movies

Posted by Alina on Sunday Aug 1, 2010 Under safety

swimmerMy husband forwarded me an article about signs of drowning a little while ago and I feel the need to keep passing it along. With the summer heat, many of us are trying to stay cool by heading to pools, beaches, lakes, and other bodies of water. It’s important to be prepared and know how to recognize signs of drowning.

“The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D.,  is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water.  And it does not look like most people expect.  There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.”

Read the full article here.

A full fact sheet on unintentional drowning from the CDC, can be read here.

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