U.S. Senator Robert Menendez is speaking up about the few accidents that have happened involving umbrellas on the beach and he is making one thing clear: safety is the top priority.

“As you know, beach umbrellas provide beachgoers the benefits of shade on hot and sunny days at the shore,” Menendez, D-N.J., and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.. “Yet, a burst of wind can make these summer accessories harmful to those around them.”

Last year, a tourist was impaled by an umbrella that was flying through the wind and this is not the only incident that has been reported.

Well Menendez has gone to the Consumer Safety Product Commission to see what they are going to do about it.

Now there has been nothing official proposed as far as new rules go but officials are looking into the current safety standards that are in place to see if new rules needed to be added or revised.

It is completely understandable for this issue to be addressed soon before Memorial Day Weekend but what are you going to do? Take away people's ability to bring umbrellas? Redesign the umbrella itself? I am not seeing too many options.

Maybe you have an idea of your own?

In the meantime, take a look at the original article at NJ.com.

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