Menendez Calls for Better Protection Against Flying Beach Umbrellas

Senator, concerned about injuries, wants Consumer Product Safety Commission to act

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

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

Speaking on the beach in Manasquan Monday, he said the 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 at 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 for CPSC to find a solution but said he hasn’t yet reached that point.