Title:
Beach umbrella safety anchor device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A new method/device to secure beach umbrellas from movement using materials readily available on the beach.



Inventors:
Deane, Lee (Great Neck, NY, US)
Application Number:
11/415469
Publication Date:
11/08/2007
Filing Date:
05/02/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04H15/62
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Primary Examiner:
WILSON, KAITLIN A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Lee, Deane (205 MYRTLE DRIVE, GREAT NECK, NY, 11021-1826, US)
Claims:
1. The invention is a new and unique method to stabilize beach umbrellas which heretofore could be considered potentially dangerous to beach goers on windy days.

Description:

The beach umbrella safety anchor, is a device attached to the shaft of any beach umbrella as a prevention against said umbrella being uprooted by sub optimal weather conditions, e.g. windy or gusty conditions.

Basically, the device is a hollow cylinder constructed of plastic with a flat top and tapered bottom (pointy edge). The flat top is essentially a lid which allows the user to open the cylinder, which will be filled with sand to provide weight and stability. The cylinder is attached to the lower portion of the beach umbrella shaft and submerged below surface level together with the shaft.

TITLE OF THE INVENTION

Beach Umbrella Safety Anchor Device

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Not Applicable

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not Applicable

REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISC APPENDIX

Not Applicable

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A reference to a specific problem related to this device:

I on many occasions have witnessed beach umbrellas becoming dangerous flying projectiles on windy or gusty days resulting in injuries to individuals on the beach. The invention will provide weight and stability to the umbrella preventing it from being dislodged in such a way as to pose a threat to anyone in the immediate vicinity.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention is a simple to use device to prevent beach umbrellas from being uprooted from their respective positions in the sand. By virtue of their design beach umbrellas possess an inherent aerodynamic ability when windy conditions are present. The invention by virtue of its design will provide weight and stability to counteract the preceding tendency.

The device is light by virtue of the fact that it remains empty until it is ready to be used. It is easy to use since it is attached to the umbrellas shaft. The only requirement for its use is to fill it with sand. which is a readily available medium on virtually every beach. When the user is ready to leave the beach, the cylinder is emptied.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING

Figures related to the drawing:

A: Plastic cylinder with threaded top to accommodate screw off lid, and a conical bottom to facilitate submersion into sandy medium. The cylinder itself holds sand which acts as a stabilizer by virtue of its weight.

B: Screw off lid also constructed of plastic (non corrosive)

C: Plastic tube affixed to cylinder, which serves as the holder for the beach umbrella

C1, C2—Two Philips type screws fastened directly to the umbrella shaft

D: Represents the umbrella shaft which would be inserted into the plastic tube (C)

E. Represents sandy media in which both umbrella and anchor are submerged

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The device is comprised of a plastic cylinder 12 inches in length, inches in diameter. The fillable portion of the cylinder is 12 inches in length. The device's top is a lid which is secured to the cylinder by a threaded end. The cylinder itself is secured to the umbrella's shaft by two inline conduits also constructed of plastic which can be screwed to the shaft. The bottom of the cylinder is conical in shape which lends itself to allowing the device to be submerged into a sandy surface along with the umbrella shaft.

The device is secured to the umbrella shaft, the lid is removed to allow the user fill the cylinder with sand. The filled container with a weight of approximately pounds is then closed. The user after filling the container would submerge the umbrellas shaft under the sand along with the container to a depth of approximately 18-20 inches.