Wed 01-28-98 10:39 am


ATLANTA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Those plastic ball pits your toddler likes to play in could be cesspools of germs filled with hidden dangers.

The ball pits are usually found in amusement parks or fast- food restaurants, where dangerous items like dirty diapers, syringes and even sharp knives have been found.

Certified playground inspector Rick Walsh says the colorful balls attract toilet training kids or diaper-clad toddlers who unknowingly contaminate the balls with their urine and feces as they romp in the pit.

Walsh says the only way to keep plastic ball pits clean is to wash every single ball by hand at least once week – a practice not followed by any amusement park or restaurant.

To be on the safe side, Walsh suggests keeping children away from any plastic ball pits.

Walsh brings the ball down on ball pits in a new publication called Safe Places, Safe Kids, which is available to subscribers to Sesame Street Parents and in the offices of Ford car dealers.

CONTACT: Rick Walsh, **; Arrange thru Beatrice Chow (Sesame Street Parents Publicity); NYC; (212) ***-****

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