Children: Safety in the Trees

When he was a boy in Trenton, N.J., Edward Munson fell out of his tree house one day and cut his arm. Apparently the scar was lasting. Now, as building inspector for the rural Long Island town of Riverhead, N.Y., Munson, 53, has started a controversial campaign to make tree houses safer. Recently, after a Riverhead resident complained about an unsightly tree house, Munson began to require parents to obtain tree-house building permits, and issued a detailed set of specifications governing their construction: the houses must be no more than 12 ft. off the ground; walls must be at...

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