WASHINGTON - Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is making fires of sofas and other upholstered furniture a priority, according to the Post and Courier.

"Preventing loss of life from upholstered furniture fires is one of my top priorities," Tenenbaum said in a statement to the newspaper. She added that hopes to have a new fire safety rule "as soon as possible." T

he paper said fires involving sofas and other upholstered furniture kill an average of 600 Americans a year. A CPSC spokesman said upholstery furniture is related to more fire deaths than any other product under the agency’s jurisdiction.

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