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Black Friday Safety Tips from the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson

Black Friday Shopping Safety Tips

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year for both consumers and retailers. This year, stores like Best Buy are opening earlier than ever at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening. The push towards earlier store hours has been joined by retailers like Kmart, Sears, J.C. Penny and Macy’s. Target announced that it will offer holiday shopping deals as early as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving this year.

With all of this heightened excitement, anxious shoppers will be eager to capitalize on the holiday savings from electronics and toys, to the top clothing brands. Unfortunately, with the holiday rush comes the danger of more Orlando car accidents, robberies and accidents, which can result in serious personal injury. Read on to learn more about what you can do from our Orlando personal injury lawyers.

  • Have a game plan. Come up with a plan for the day, detailing the stores you are going to visit and the deals you are hoping to get. Make shopping decisions before entering the store. This will provide you with some organization and alleviate potential stressors throughout the day.
  • Proper attire. Dress comfortably and anticipate cooler temperatures. It is a good idea to wear layers and comfortable shores. Stay hydrated and consider leaving small children at home in the care of a trusted family member.
  • Enter with caution. Every year, at least one crazed shopper makes the news for mobbing the entrance doors as soon as a big retailer opens its doors. Be safe and courteous to employees and other shoppers when entering the store.
  • Check-out Etiquette. Wait politely during check-out. Do not hold spaces in line for other shoppers and never push up against those in front of you.
  • Practice patience. Expect long lines and do not get derailed by grumpy shoppers. Shouting matches and fights often erupt in the store. Remember, you do not have to participate. Be the bigger person and walk away.
  • Avoid crowds and long lines. For stores opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, try visiting between midnight and 3 a.m. The initial crowds will have died down and shelves will be restocked during this time. Electronic stores like Best Buy often have the longest lines, not to mention some of the earliest lines. Check stores like Target and WalMart for the same items, which will likely have the same deal, with shorter lines.
  • Protect yourself. Women should carry their purses close to them at all times and men should carry their wallets in their front pockets to deter pickpockets. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash when you are out shopping. Be on the lookout for loiters around your car and watch for any suspicious people following you. Shop in a group whenever possible. You are less likely to be a target.
  • Conceal your purchases. Nothing is more tempting to a thief than a car full of shopping bags. Always lock purchases in your trunk if you are heading back into the store to continue shopping.
  • Park safely. Anticipate limited parking availability during the holiday shopping period, particularly on Black Friday. When returning to your vehicle, always stop, listen and look around. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and avoid distractions like talking on the phone or texting. Have your keys readily available before you get to your vehicle.
  • Obey traffic laws. Drive the speed limit and stop at stop signs. Be mindful of pedestrians- particularly children and the elderly. Never walk in the middle of a traffic lane or jaywalk. Learn more about driver safety from our Orlando car accident lawyers today.

Be Safe While Shopping For Deals This Black Friday

The holiday season is peak travel time and increases the likelihood of accidents. At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want you to travel and shop safely this holiday season. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident or have suffered injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Personal Injury Attorney immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.

Black Friday Safety Tips for Businesses

A packed store can be great for business, but it also provides prime conditions for accidents and theft to occur that can spoil the holiday cheer. As a trusted legal source for retailers and small businesses, we have come up with a list of safety tips for business owners when opening their doors this Black Friday.

Plan for Success. Consider collaborating with local law enforcement for ideas about security. Unlike giant retailers, small businesses do not have a bottomless pit of inventory. Small businesses should be reminded just how important it is to protect their inventory and supplies from burglaries during the holiday season. Make sure your store’s security system is operating properly.

Manage crowds with care. Plan for and implement adequate crowd-control to properly manage the increased number of shoppers.

Maintain vigilance. Remember to be vigilant in understanding the crowds and their temperament. Address conflicts early and do not hesitate to contact your local police department if an argument begins to escalate.

Be aware of overworked employees. During the holiday season, it is easy for employees to become overworked. Be aware of the injuries your employees may face. The most costly workplace injuries are those that are not anticipated. Employee injuries like slips, trips and falls can occur when there is unnecessary clutter in the store. Repetitive motion injuries can occur as a result of employees’ constantly having to restock shelves and clean up behind shoppers.

Prevent store entrance chaos. Consider developing “time specific entrance passes” designed to allow shoppers to enter your store at a specific time. This can help ensure an organized and safe entry into your business.

Be aware of “intense” shoppers. Customers are a business’ lifeblood. However, be aware that some customers take the Black Friday shopping experience to another level. Black Friday sales have triggered trampling deaths, serious fights and property damage. If a customer in your store is injured, you and your business could end up in a serious lawsuit.

Consider product placement. Instead of stacking store items high upon shelves, consider handing out vouchers. This will help mitigate in-store accidents, crowding on shelves and shopper aggression.

Keep a clean store. Large crowds will create an even larger mess for retailers. Store merchandise and spilled liquids left on the floor can create a safety hazard for shoppers and a liability for businesses. Monitor your store throughout the day and make sure clean up is a top priority.

Prepare your parking. Make sure your parking lot / area is equipped with adequate lighting and security. Consider having a store worker escort shoppers to their vehicles.

Plan Ahead For A Busy Black Friday

With all of the excitement surrounding the holiday season, it’s easy for accidents to occur, which can expose you and your business to unexpected expenses. At the law firm of Michael T. Gibson, we are here to help and are dedicated to serving business owners throughout Central Florida in all types of insurance dispute claims. At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, our team of Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys has more than 20 years of legal experience helping business owners obtain fair and adequate compensation for their losses and holding the insurance companies accountable.

What are some safety tips to remember while shopping this Black Friday?

  • Have a game plan. Come up with a plan for the day, detailing the stores you are going to visit and the deals you are hoping to get. Make shopping decisions before entering the store. This will provide you with some organization and alleviate potential stressors throughout the shopping day.
  • Proper attire. Dress comfortably and anticipate cooler temperatures. It is a good idea to wear layers and comfortable shores. Stay hydrated and consider leaving small children at home in the care of a trusted family member.
  • Enter with caution. Every year, at least one crazed shopper makes the news for mobbing the entrance doors as soon as a big retailer opens its doors. Be safe and courteous to employees and other shoppers when entering the building.
  • Check-out Etiquette. Wait politely during check-out. Do not hold spaces in line for other shoppers and never push up against those in front of you.
  • Practice patience. Expect long lines and do not get derailed by grumpy shoppers. Shouting matches and fights often erupt in the store. Remember, you do not have to participate. Be the bigger person and walk away.
  • Avoid crowds and long lines. For stores opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, try visiting between midnight and 3 a.m. The initial crowds will have died down and shelves will be restocked during this time. Electronic stores like Best Buy often have the longest lines, not to mention some of the earliest lines. Check stores like Target and WalMart for the same items, which will likely have the same deal, with shorter lines.
  • Protect yourself. Women should carry their purses close to them at all times and men should carry their wallets in their front pockets to deter pickpockets. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash when you are out shopping. Be on the lookout for loiters around your car and watch for any suspicious people following you. Shop in a group whenever possible. You are less likely to be a target.
  • Conceal your purchases. Nothing is more tempting to a thief than a car full of shopping bags. Always lock purchases in your trunk if you are heading back into the store to continue shopping.
  • Park safely. Anticipate limited parking availability during the holiday shopping period, particularly on Black Friday. When returning to your vehicle, always stop, listen and look around. Be alert of your surroundings at all times and avoid distractions like talking on the phone or texting. Have your keys readily available before you get to your vehicle.
  • Obey traffic laws. Drive the speed limit and stop at stop signs. Be mindful of pedestrians- particularly children and the elderly. Never walk in the middle of a traffic lane or jaywalk.

What are some safety tips for businesses and retailers to remember this Black Friday?

  • Plan for Success. Consider collaborating with local law enforcement for ideas about security. Unlike giant retailers, small businesses do not have a bottomless pit of inventory. Small businesses should be reminded just how important it is to protect their inventory and supplies from burglaries during the holiday season. Make sure your store’s security system is operating properly.
  • Manage crowds with care. Plan for and implement adequate crowd-control to properly manage the increased number of shoppers.
  • Maintain vigilance. Remember to be vigilant in understanding the crowds and their temperament. Address conflicts early and do not hesitate to contact your local police department if an argument begins to escalate.
  • Be aware of overworked employees. During the holiday season, it is easy for employees to become overworked. Be aware of the injuries your employees may face. The most costly workplace injuries are those that are not anticipated. Employee injuries like slips, trips and falls can occur when there is unnecessary clutter in the store. Repetitive motion injuries can occur as a result of employees’ constantly having to restock shelves and clean up behind shoppers.
  • Prevent store entrance chaos. Consider developing “time specific entrance passes” designed to allow shoppers to enter your store at a specific time. This can help ensure an organized and safe entry into your business.
  • Be aware of “intense” shoppers. Customers are a business’ lifeblood. However, be aware that some customers take the Black Friday shopping experience to another level. Black Friday sales have triggered trampling deaths, serious fights and property damage. If a customer in your store is injured, you and your business could end up in a serious lawsuit.
  • Consider product placement. Instead of stacking store items high upon shelves, consider handing out vouchers. This will help mitigate in-store accidents, crowding on shelves and shopper aggression.
  • Keep a clean store. Large crowds will create an even larger mess for retailers. Store merchandise and spilled liquids left on the floor can create a safety hazard for shoppers and a liability for businesses. Monitor your store throughout the day and make sure clean up is a top priority.
  • Prepare your parking. Make sure your parking lot / area is equipped with adequate lighting and security. Consider having a store worker escort shoppers to their vehicles.

For more information about the Orlando personal injury lawyer services at the Law Offices of Michael T. Gibson, contact us today.

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