YMCA bans popular pool toy at its Victorian pools amid drowning fears.
MERMAID tails were a very popular present beneath the Christmas trees this year, but the YMCA have banned the toy at its pools, of which there are more than 50 across Victoria, for fear that swimmers wearing them will drown.
This followed warnings from consumer group Choice and Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett just last month.
The toys hinder children’s ability to move their legs while swimming.
“The decision … is about ensuring the safety of all people swimming in our aquatic centres,” the YMCA’s Laura Munns said.
“This ban is in response to the dangers associated with these products … mermaid tails create an unnecessary risk to our patrons by restricting swimming ability.”
Matt Levey, director of campaigns and communications for consumer group Choice, said: “This move underlines the potential dangers of mermaid tails, and clearly some swimming facilities believe the risk is unacceptable.
“No matter where your child is swimming, consumers should be aware that these toys are not recommended for children under six years of age, and require strict adult supervision,” Mr Levey said.
The Consumer Affairs Minister urged parents who have bought the mermaid tails to exercise caution when their children are using the toy.
“Mermaid tails are a new craze among kids, but we are urging parents to check the age warnings before buying,” Ms Garrett said.
“The tail binds a child’s legs together, which could have tragic consequences if they are not old enough, or a strong swimmer.”
While many consumers believe it is all about common sense and supervision, others do believe if this ban saves just one life then it is definitely worth supporting!
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