PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission to do more to let people know about the potential dangers of beach umbrellas picked up by wind gusts.
According to the CPSC, more than 31,000 people were hurt in some sort of beach umbrella incident between 2008 and 2017.
That includes a Chester, Virginia, woman who was struck and killed by an umbrella while she vacationed in Virginia Beach in 2016. A Virginia man also lost the use of his eye after a seven-foot-long umbrella struck him in 2015 in Bethany Beach, Delaware.
Ed Quigley told 10 On Your Side the umbrella imapled his eye and breached his brain. Doctor’s had to remove his left sinus and he can no longer taste or smell. ” I was kind of a foodie I loved to cook I loved to go to restaraunts and so you know that’s just not one of my things anymore,” he said.
“As you know, beach umbrellas provide beachgoers the benefits of shade on hot and sunny days at the shore. Yet, a burst of wind can make these summer accessories harmful to those around them,” the Warner and Kaine, as well as Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, wrote to Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Elliot Kaye. “Over the last several years, reports of horrific injuries resulting from beach umbrellas have splashed across the media.”
The senators say public data doesn’t adequately give consumers recommended safety standards to prevent injuries or death, including which types of umbrellas are most dangerous.
You can read the full letter here.