When you prepare for a beach day, you may not automatically think of everyone around you. You pack up your chair, lunch box, sunscreen, among other things, however, this summer you’ll want to keep a close eye on your umbrella.
Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling proposed a bill earlier this month that would require beach-goers to secure their umbrellas at all times. You would need to provide an attachment such as tie-down straps or sandbags when visiting New Jersey beaches.
According to ABC News, the commonly used devices cost about $15 a piece and stores selling beach umbrellas will need to post a sign warning customers of the dangers they can pose.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that over 2,800 injuries have been caused by beach umbrellas between 2010 and 2018. A serious umbrella hit took place in Seaside Heights in 2018 while a tourist was struck and her ankle was impaled.
The proposed bill does not specify who would enforce the new law at this time. Those who do not cooperate would be charged a $50 fine for a first violation and up to $250 for a subsequent violation.