While there is something undeniably exciting about snagging that black Friday deal that you’ve been standing in line for hours for or being able to finally afford that Christmas gift for your kids, there is also a potential danger. The crowds themselves can get unruly with a large amount of people all wanting a limited amount of “things” the competition can get fierce. It’s even scarier when you add kids into the mix. Here are a few tips to help ensure the safety of you, your family, and those around you during this fun but hectic shopping holiday.
* If you do decide to bring kids (which I highly suggest against) with you snap a quick picture of them before you walk out there door. That way if for some reason you get separated and need a quick description of them and their clothing you have a picture to refer to.
*When the doors open resist the urge to run or push. This only causes more chaos and anger and increases the change of falling, being trampled, or a physical altercation.
*Know when to give up. If you find yourself physically or even verbally fighting over an item take a step back and look at the big picture. There is truly not a deal out there that is worth your health and safety.
*Go with a friend. Not only is it much more fun to have a shopping buddy but it’s safer, especially in dark parking lots.
*Try to carry the least amount of stuff as possible. Using your pockets instead of a purse helps to eliminate the possibility of getting valuables stolen.
*On the same note, store all of your purchases in a locked trunk and always double check that your doors are locked as well.
*Last but not least, if you feel that you are in an unsafe situation find the nearest exit and leave. Remember there are some fantastic online deals that don’t even require you get out of your PJ’s.