“So look at me now, I’m just makin’ my play, don’t try to push your luck, just get out of my way…”  Certainly how many will be acting this Black Friday, so here’s some safety tips on beatin’ the flack!

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving is when holiday gift buying begins.  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.

Be alert and aware of people and the surroundings around you, and your vehicles.  Park in a location that is closest to the store or mall if shopping when it is dark.  Be careful of other motorists as they may be distracted.  Park near light areas.  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 prove dangerous. They’re heavy, they can be distracting, they prevent full vision and attention to name a few. 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 feeling sick, do us “all” a favor and stay home!  Bring hand sanitizers to help combat germs.  And please put away that cell phone. Talking, shopping, walking with a phone to your ear is a nuisance. Be cognizant and courteous of others.


“Most importantly, be patient and be kind,” reminds Chief DiGiovanna.

I call that a bargain – the best you ever had!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna