off-duty medical workers and bystanders helped the woman before she was taken to the hospital, where she later died. According to local reports, the umbrella was set wind-free of 10-15 mph.
‘Terrible accident’: Woman killed by umbrella on windy Virginia Beach
Her death is just in latest such an accident involving an umbrella. In 2016, 55-year-old Lottie Michelle Belk was celebrating her anniversary and birthday in Virginia Beach when she was hit by a flying beach umbrella. in torso, causing fatal injury. In this case, Virginia Beach Police stated that “a strong gust of wind of wind” tore the umbrella off the ground.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2,800 beach umbrella-related injuries have been treated. in receptions all over the country in nine years between 2010 and 2018. Research conducted in December 2021 by the journal of Safety Research found that at least 5512 parasol incidents in The United States were sent to emergency rooms, and that those affected were disproportionately women over 40.
The wind was involved in more than 50 percent of Beach umbrella related injuries according to a 2021 study. Lacerations, bruises, abrasions and damage to internal organs made up the three most common injury. The study showed that “politicians should teach public about possible dangers of umbrellas on the beach and in the yard.”
CPSC gives advice public on how right set up beach umbrella advising beach lovers to swing their beach umbrellas back and so on until they are two feet deep in sand and tilt the umbrella against the wind so that they are not blown away by the wind. KPSK also recommends using some of weight or anchor for attaching beach umbrellas down.
However, some safety supporters say CPSC latest Efforts to protect vacationers from fraudulent umbrellas are not enough.
Bill Schermerhorn, President of beachBUB USA, a company that sells hugged beach umbrellas safety defenders said. latest instructions from the CPSC are not enough.
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Schermerhorn concerned that the CPSC advice to tilt the umbrella into the wind is not enough. Wind on the beach can change quickly and unexpectedly, which means an umbrella that set up right in one the hour can become dangerous next, especially when it doesn’t take long of wind to untie a loose umbrella.
“If you’ve ever been to the beach and tried to put in an umbrella eight inches into the sand, let alone two feet, you know it’s an impossible task,” Schermerhorn said.
Schermerhorn, who works with ASTM International for help design safety standards for beach umbrellas, said he wanted CPSC to produce stronger public-service announcement on Beach umbrella safety.
Carla Crosswhite-Chigbu, Press Secretary for KPSK, wrote in an email stating that the agency is investigating the incident this week. “Employees of the KPSK also currently working with a standard development organization in hope of development standard which could help install requirements for reliable and safe beach umbrellas and attachment systems,” she said.
Viral video last week from Bethany Beach, Delaware showed dozens of beach umbrellas fly in in air and thrown into the ocean after a strong thunderstorm with winds up up to 40 miles per hour tore them apart.
“It one of many videos out where the umbrellas dance down beach… because they are not weighted, they are just stuck in the sand,” Schermerhorn said.
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