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CRI and NFSI partner to reduce slips and falls

February 1, 2012

DALTON, GA — The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) are partnering to reduce slips and falls by promoting the installation of NFSI-certified entrance matting and carpeting wherever possible, according to a press release.

"It has been well-established by both the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and insurance companies that well-maintained carpet provides good protection against slips and falls," said Werner Braun, president of CRI.

"By also recommending floor matting certified by the NFSI as ''High Traction,'' CRI believes responsive consumers will benefit greatly through cleaner carpet and safer floors," Braun added.

"Carpet is ideal for cushioning footsteps, reducing slips and falls and minimizing injury when falls do occur," said Russ Kendzior, founder of NFSI.

"In addition, the NFSI and CRI are planning to conduct a joint study on the effectiveness of entrance floor matting in removing moisture from pedestrian footwear," Kendzior added.

CRI and NFSI will collaborate on articles and press releases in 2012, highlighting the importance of better flooring choices and maintenance, the release stated.

Click here to read the complete release.