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Staying Safe during This Year’s Black Friday Events

Black Friday is the busiest shopping day out of the entire year. It’s also the most dangerous. Are you ready? Our Coconut Creek injury attorneys are here to help you to get through your shopping spree safely.
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Retailers need to focus on safety measures as much as they need to advertise the deals they’re offering. Companies need to beef up security. Many bring on law enforcement officers to help keep crowds under control. Last year, national attention was directed toward Arizona after a grandfather caught up in the Black Friday chaos at Walmart was kicked unconscious over some video games.

And it’s not just in Arizona, there are a number of states that have reported serious injuries in the past because of the Black Friday bonanza.

Some stores are working to spread out their hot-ticket items. Keeping them in separate areas will help to break up the crowds. Some stores are even handing out ticket numbers, limiting how many people can be in the store at once.

Not everyone’s doing it though.

According to recent studies, it’s the electronic devices that are getting the most attention.

“The safety of our shoppers is our top priority,” said Neal Kleinman, Macerich’s vice president of property management. Macerich owns and operates malls in portions of the U.S.

Even with all of the last-minute meetings among security officers at malls and shopping plazas, there are things you can do to help to keep safe over Black Friday.

Black Friday Safe Shopping Tips:

-Get there early so you don’t have to fight through the people to find the items you want.

-Leave the kids at home. It’s best to get them a babysitter or leave them with a family member.

-Don’t push through people to get to what you want. Let’s all be nice!

-Be nice to store employees who are trying to help you find an item. They can’t possibly know where every single item is.

-Remember that there aren’t large quantities of all items. Items can sell out.

-Try to shop online to avoid the mess.

-Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

-Use a credit card to avoid thefts of large amounts of cash that are irreplaceable.

-Allow yourself with enough time to get the store. No item is worth getting into a car accident.

-Get enough sleep the night before so you’re less irritable.

-Don’t take all of the items off of the shelves. Let someone else get a chance to grab what’s on their wishlist.

-Don’t bite off more than you can chew and don’t purchase more than you can carry.

-Visit a store before Black Friday so you know where everything is that you would like to buy.

-Keep an extra close eye on your purse and wallet.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the personal injury attorneys at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez. Call for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights at 1-800-561-7777.

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