And we are relying on some pimply faced teenager to inflate these correctly, huh?
I particularly like this "Also known as “bubble balls,” they’re made of elastic polyurethane, and are typically about 6 feet in diameter. The ball is deflated when the person gets inside. It’s then zipped up and a blower fills the sphere with air."
they climb in while the ball is deflated? With no air? And then they zip it up? And only after being deflated and zipped up do they fill with air. Seems safe to me.
And "At the Independence Mall on Sunday afternoon, Gavin said, the girl was lying down in the deflated ball when it was inflated and pushed out into the pool. "
"The website for one seller, uswaterball.com of Myrtle Beach, S. Car., says an inflated ball holds enough oxygen for an average person to remain inside for “a long period of time” – apparently 20 minutes without a refill, if it’s being used in an enclosed area like a mall. Other producers claim they can be used for up to 30 minutes."
Anyone else bothered by the use of "apparently" in the above statement?
And one more tidbit:
"James Swartz, director of the national child safety group WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm), said he’s not familiar with the water walking balls.
WATCH, located in Boston, is best known for its annual lists of the most dangerous Christmas toys. Last year the group posted warnings against a similar toy, the inflatable Giga Ball. WATCH said the Giga Ball could cause impact injuries to youngsters, but they’re for use on land, not in the water."