Unfortunately, these accidents can happen when people get worked up. The best way to avoid it is through sensible planning on the part of retailers across the country. Even smaller retailers have a responsibility to prepare for Black Friday crowds...
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (PRWEB) November 23, 2017
As Thanksgiving approaches, many Americans look forward to Black Friday shopping to save money on their holiday gifts, but it’s also an important day for retailers to be mindful of shopper safety. The different offices of Attorney Big Al, call for retailers to step up and enact safety precautions to prevent Black Friday related injuries.
Every year, Black Friday related accidents cause death or injury to Americans. Whether due to mobbing crowds trampling people underfoot, such as the 2013 case that left a security guard dead, or simple exhaustion, Black Friday poses a potential threat to shoppers that retailers have a responsibility to proactively avoid.
Florida’s Attorney Big Al commented, “Unfortunately, these accidents can happen when people get worked up. The best way to avoid it is through sensible planning on the part of retailers across the country. Even smaller retailers have a responsibility to prepare for Black Friday crowds. Fortunately these precautions are easily put in place.”
Make sure to prepare your parking lots, especially if you’re open for an early Black Friday crowd. Make sure the parking lot lights are all functional, and if your store is in an area where snow or sleet is common, salt the asphalt to reduce the chance of anyone slipping. Similarly, make sure any mats inside your store are flat against the floor. Keep an eye on any pools of accumulating water to decrease the likelihood of spills, and be sure you have a wet floor sign up.
Keep all aisles clear of debris, and have your staff patrol the store to keep an eye out for any trip hazards. If you anticipate crowds, be sure to set up proper checkout line barriers so that crowds don’t get unruly, and consider hiring a security team to facilitate large groups.
He added, “A little preparation can prevent tragedy, and taking basic precautions is the responsibility of every Black Friday retailer.”