CPSC Warns of Danger of Water Walking Balls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to stop participating in water walking.

What is Water Walking?

An individual climbs into the large, see-through plastic ball; it is inflated with a blower through the zipper opening; and the zipper is closed, making the ball air-tight. The ball, with the person locked inside, then rolls around on a number of surfaces, including water and grass.

What are the Dangers?

  • This product has no emergency exit and can only be opened by a person outside of the ball. If the person inside the ball needs help, they are at the mercy of the operator.
  • If you have a pre-existing medical condition, such as heart, lung, or breathing issues, it may worsen by use of this product. Because the ball is airtight, the air supply can be depleted and carbon dioxide accumulates inside the ball. This can happen in as little as a few minutes.
  • Because the water walking balls have no padding, impact injuries can occur if the balls collide with each other, or fall out of the pool onto concrete or other hard surfaces.
  • When used in open water, there is a high risk of drowning if there is a leak or a puncture.

CPSC has informed state amusement ride officials of the risks associated with this product and encourages state officials not to permit this ride in their state. Several states have banned or refused to provide permits for rides that use this product.

CPSC does not know of any safe way to use this product.

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