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 crashes, robberies and accidents, which can result in serious personal injury.
Below are some tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe while shopping this Black Friday and throughout the holiday season.
- 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.
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.