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    Choose safety over a pretty picture

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    Why do people think it’s safe for their children to lean over the railing and tempt the Horseshoe Falls?

    Just because it’s a great picture?

    Just steps from where a teen went over Sunday, a little girl of 2 1/2 leaned over the edge of the falls Tuesday and laughed as the spray hit her face.

    I have covered a lot of death; it just didn’t look safe to me. Just one slip here or a gust of wind there and who knows.

    What if she decided to climb over this barrier? There would not be time to stop her.

    Brink of Niagara Falls perfectly safe for spectators – as long as they follow the rules

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    The steel railing and stone wall that divides tens of thousands of tourists from the beauty and power of Niagara Falls are almost always wet and slippery from the mist that routinely drifts out across the city.

    But the obvious potential for danger, the signs warning people to keep their feet on the sidewalk, constant reminders from police patrolling the area around Table Rock – even with all of that, some people can’t resist tempting fate.

    “We see it all the time,” said Niagara Parks Police Chief Doug Kane. “It’s very disturbing … very disturbing.”

    So even on a breezy August Monday afternoon, with three incidents serving as fresh reminders of the dangerous and deadly consequences, there they were, visitors scaling the barrier at the brink of the falls, anxious for that apparent metre or two of added closeness to one of the world’s greatest wonders.

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