Killer Coconuts?

Coconuts are a common sight in Florida, particularly in areas with tropical climates. However, what many people don't realize is that coconuts can be dangerous when they fall from trees. Injuries from falling coconuts are more common than most people think, and they can be severe.

According to a study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, there were 24 documented cases of coconut-related injuries in Florida between 1990 and 2006. While this may not seem like a large number, it's important to remember that these injuries can have serious consequences, including traumatic brain injuries.

One particularly tragic case involved a man who was struck in the head by a falling coconut while sitting on a beach in Key West. The impact caused a traumatic brain injury, and the man died as a result.

Coconuts can also damage property such as cars, roofs, and air conditioning units. Many homeowner's associations have rules stating that residents must cut coconuts down at regular intervals to avoid such damage.

Although you're still pretty unlikely to be injured by a coconut, following some simple steps can help you and your property stay safe. First, cut down the coconuts on your property regularly. Second, avoid placing outdoor furniture or other items near coconut trees. And lastly, just look up every once and a while!

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