LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY

Menendez wants to protect beachgoers from flying umbrellas

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

Sen. Bob Menendez is calling on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, to take more aggressive action in protecting beachgoers.

According to CPSC, there were an estimated 2,800 beach umbrella injuries treated in emergency rooms between 2010 and 2018. Menendez made reference to a case last summer where a woman was speared in the leg at the Jersey Shore.

He says that’s why CPSC needs to step in.

“If the Consumer Product Safety Commission can talk about a whole host of things because they have engineers and scientists who figure out when a product is unsafe and how to make it safe. I just want them to come up with what’s the answer,” Menendez said.

A CPSC spokesperson told NJTV News the agency is aware of the issue and is looking into ways to address it, adding, “The majority of incidents are the result of wind loading from improper or insufficient staking in the ground. Since wind loads, especially on open beaches, can vary greatly and rapidly, it is difficult to establish a solution to secure all beach umbrellas.”

Menendez has the option to legislate CPSC find a solution but says he hasn’t yet reached that point.