Almost everyone has experienced a slip, trip, or fall. These incidents can be life-changing and sometimes life-ending. Would you be surprised to find that over 50% of these accidents occur because of hazardous floors?
Falls Aren’t Funny…
· Slips, Trips, and Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death in the United States.
· These types of injury-related deaths are the leading cause of death for those over the age of 70.
· Falls are also the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits—accounting for 23% of total visits, with over 9 million emergency visits annually (NSC Injury Facts 2013).
Faced with these statistics, manufacturers and retailers alike should provide floor safety information to help consumers make informed purchases of flooring. It’s in the public’s best interests - and their own. Informed, healthy consumers can return to buy more flooring, injured consumers will be unlikely to return, and deceased customers can’t return - ever.
This petition is based on the (American National Standards Institute) 2012 ANSI/NFSI B101.5 labeling standard offering vital public-health guidance to flooring users/purchasers on safety or surface traction traits of floor products through the display of clear, iconic, and graphical labels.
We want manufacturers and retailers to apply these simple helpful labels to inform consumers at a glance about a product’s traction performance before they purchase that product—not after they have realized they bought a slippery floor!
Without this sound intervention, consumers often attempt to judge the slipperiness of a particular floor product by rubbing their fingers or hand across the surface, which is not an accurate method to determine how slippery a floor will be when walked on.
Food for Thought
· Would a consumer buy a car without being able to know its performance and safety values (such as miles per gallon - mpg, air bag presence, safety ratings, etc.)? No! The consumer buys a car after having the opportunity to be fully informed by prominent labelling about the car’s mpg, performance and safety features.
· Should a consumer buy food without nutritional information listed? No! Consumers have a right to know how a product will affect their health.
· So it is with flooring. Consumers should be clearly informed about the measured traction of floors through proper labelling as this product can definitely affect their health. Not all floors are the same! Some have very low surface traction while others high. Without proper labelling, the consumer has no easy way to know one floor’s safety from another, possibly exposing them to an unnecessary slip-and-fall risk.
The consumer has a ‘right to know’ about the safety of their floor purchases through proper labelling. It is a clear and distinct public health issue.
Please sign our petition and join our mission to prevent unnecessary slips, trips, and falls through proper labelling of flooring at the point of purchase. For more information on our floor safety labelling campaign, the National Floor Safety Institute, or the ANSI/NFSI B101.5 Standard, please visit www.nfsi.org and www.fallsarentfunny.org