Soccer-goal danger

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that movable soccer goals can fall over and injure or kill children who climb on them or hang from the crossbar. The CPSC reports 21 deaths, since 1979, from soccer goals falling over.

Since 1990, the CPSC has worked with, the Coalition to Promote Soccer Goal Safety to address risks and promote safety guidelines, including: securely anchoring or counter-weighting movable goals; anchoring or chaining goals to fence posts, dugouts or other sturdy fixtures when not in use; forbidding climbing on nets or goal framework; removing nets when goals are not in use; checking connecting hardware before every use; disassembling goals for seasonal storage; ensuring that safety labels are visible; and using movable goals only on level playing surfaces.

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