The ads have been leaked and people have been busy making their Black Friday shopping lists for those must-have deals. For some people, Black Friday is a tradition. For others, it’s the thrill of a good bargain. Even if you won’t be Black Friday shopping yourself, you probably know someone that will be hitting the stores on this busy shopping day. Here are 10 tips to stay safe on this holiday shopping weekend:
- Keep your purse or wallet close. Cross body bags are great for keeping your purse secure so that it can’t be easily stolen. It’s also important to keep your bag zipped up so that you don’t lose that coveted coupon or your all important shopping list!
- Designate a meeting spot. If your phone battery dies or you can’t get reception, you don’t want to be trying to track down people amongst the crowds on Black Friday. Plus all that wasted time looking for your co-shoppers, could make you miss out on your next great deal!
- Don’t be “that guy”. Maintain your cool in all situations. No deal is so good that it’s worth literally fighting over. Remember, Black Friday is supposed to be fun. Don’t let missing out on one deal ruin the rest of your Black Friday shopping experience.
- Don’t leave valuables alone in your car. Sometimes there’s no avoiding it, but if possible, try to have someone stay in the car with any valuable items that you have purchased. At the very least, try to hide any valuables as best as possible by packing large blankets or tucking smaller items under your seat.
- Be vigilant in parking lots. While people are trolling the parking lots looking for a spot it can sometimes get overcrowded. Be extra careful when driving around to watch out for other drivers and shoppers who may be more distracted than normal as they rush into the stores to get their coveted deals.
- Don’t drive distracted. Your spouse can wait to hear about that deal you just scored. Don’t text while driving or attempt to look at the ads as you navigate about the busy roadways. Focused driving is important year-round, but particularly on Black Friday.
- Dress for the weather. If you’re going to be standing in line ahead of a store opening, it’s important to dress warm, but also make sure to wear layers so that you can avoid overheating once you are inside doing your shopping. If you’re going to be shopping for a long period of time, you may want to consider bringing a water bottle along as well.
- Keep kids close. Shopping with kids on Black Friday really isn’t the best idea, but if you feel that it is a necessity, make sure that you take extra precautions. Whether it’s holding their hand or having them in your shopping cart, it’s important for them to be within arm’s reach so they don’t get lost in the crowds.
- Watch for slippery floors. It’s hard to keep a lookout for what’s ahead of you when you’re in a crowd. Rain, snow, spilled goods, and more can create hidden hazards within a store. It’s important to watch where you are walking to avoid a potential slip and fall hazard.
- Treat others with respect. Whether it’s another shopper or an employee, it’s important to remember common courtesy, even on Black Friday. Recognize that employees may be giving up time with family to be there, and try to make their jobs easier by returning carts and unwanted items to their proper place. That next deal can wait a couple extra minutes!
Over the years, Black Friday has been at the epicenter of a number of lawsuits ranging from negligence to personal injury, and premises liability to false advertising. It’s a chaotic day to be sure, but—even in the chaos—stores need to be held accountable for the safety of their shoppers. With these tips, we hope that you will have a safe and enjoyable Black Friday shopping experience, but if you do get injured, contact the fighters at Boughter Sinak, LLC to get the compensation that you deserve. Happy shopping!