Are hammocks safe? Tragic death of young sisters highlights risk

June 25, 2020

Few would suspect that a hammock could be deadly and for the most part, they are safe.

"There are isolated case reports (of injuries)," Dr. Alfred Sacchetti, spokesperson for American College of Emergency Physicians and chief of emergency services at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, in Camden, New Jersey, who did not treat the girls, told TODAY. "It is a very sad case."

Sacchetti has treated people with tailbone bruises from falling from hammocks, but hasn't seen many people with hammock-related fractures or injuries. The case reports indicate that hammocks are most dangerous when they're not hung on something stable.

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