Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when holiday gift buying begins. Sales offering big discounts lure customers into stores, often beginning in the early hours of the morning. “Unfortunately, Black Friday is a day when shoppers may become victims of crimes and injuries,” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
People should be alert and aware of people and the surroundings around them, and their vehicles. Park in a location that is closest to the store or mall if shopping when it is dark; try to park near lighting. Be careful of other motorists as they may be distracted. Purses should be worn in a way that it is close to the body and difficult to snatch. If carrying a wallet it should be kept in the front pocket or the inside pocket of a coat or jacket.
Carrying too many bags may also prove dangerous in many ways. If possible, leave children at home during Black Friday. The crowds of people can easily overwhelm a child who may get hurt or become lost. If you must bring a child, it is important to hold onto small children to avoid separation. Know where fire/emergency exits are in stores and malls. If you’re sick, do us “all” a favor and stay home! Bring hand sanitizers to help combat germs. And mostly – put away that cell phone and be cognizant and courteous of others. When you’re on your cell phone you lose all situational awareness around you and become easier prey to become a victim.
“Most importantly, be patient and be kind,” reminds Chief DiGiovanna.
Now that’s a bargain!