OCU warns of dangers of pool inflatables

Caption: OCU warns inflatable “toys” aren’t to be used as safety devices Credit: pxhere

The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has released a report on the dangers of using large inflatable items on the beach.

The organisation has warned that these inflatable devices are not safety items and should not be used or considered as such.

Many items available on the market do not meet the minimum buoyancy limit, suggests the report, and they should always be used with a proper regulated life jacket.

There should also be minimum standard met when purchasing an inflatable. Features such as a double air chamber, non return valve and double security buckles must be present.

Despite the warning from various safety organisations, this year in Spain has seen a record number of drownings in both private pools at in the sea, many of which could have been prevented, suggest the OCU.

A spokesman for the OCU has strongly urged for the common sense of parents and guardians of minors using inflatables.  They must ensure that the minor can reach the bottom of the body of water with their feet and make sure they are observed at all times.

Extra care is to be taken on the beach and to be mindful of currents and flag warnings.

The warning has come after 41 people have drowned this month in Spain, more than a 14 per cent increase over last year.

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