Hammocks, and safety . . . (sigh)
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Fri, 7 Jun 1996 23:40:36 -0400
There was a lot of chat about using hammocks on the trail recently. I pass
along some safety information.
Quoting from a Washington Post story in today's (6-7-95) Dallas Morning News:
"Lightweight net mini-hammocks, used primarily by backpackers as well as at
home, will no longer be sold because the government has determined that they
are responsible for the strangulation of 12 children since 1984."
The story says this is one of the largest actions ever. The Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled 3 million hammocks made by 10 U.S. and
foreign manufacturers since the 1970s.
The CPSC urges consumers to destroy the hammocks or return them to the
purchase place. Nine of the manufacturers offer full refunds ($4 to $10).
"The major producer, E-Z Sales of Gardena California, which retails mainly
through sporting goods stores and military base exchanges, is offering to
swap its portable mesh hammocks for new ones with wooden spreader bars that
hold the hammock open and prevent the mesh from becoming twisted around the
neck of a child trying to climb in or out."
Recall notices are posted in outdoor equipment and other stores selling the
mini-hammocks. For more information contact the CPSC at 800-638-2772.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City