When carpeting is risky
from Managing Your Church
Carpeting can cause slips and falls in a number of ways. Throw rugs on a wood or tile floor often slide unless they are positioned on a nonskid mat. Carpeting can curl around the edges and not lie flat on the floor. As a result, people can catch their shoes on the edge and trip and fall. Do not use throw rugs unless absolutely necessary. Inspect all carpeting and runners for loose edges, tears, or holes. Make sure all carpeting is properly tacked or glued down and repair tears or holes, or replace the carpet. Consider these examples that have prompted lawsuits.
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