The Consumer Product Safety Commission staff is tackling a very interesting problem.

The National Floor Safety Institute has petitioned it to require floor covering manufacturers to label their products to indicate that there is a possibility of slips and falls that could result in injury.

“Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries, of which 55 percent are caused by unsafe floors,” said the institute president, Russ Kendzior.

“However, when it comes to buying a floor, most consumers are in the dark and assume all floors are safe, only to find out that they are not once they are injured,” he said.

The commission said it received more than 60 comments, many of which were in support.

Deborah A.P. Hersman of the National Safety Council said, “Requiring flooring products to include slip resistance safety labeling that is clearly defined in line with the standard will enable consumers to make better, safer choices.”

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