Risk of Injury Increases During the Holidays
Black Friday – the largest shopping weekend of the year is associated with an array of potential dangers due to the hustle and bustle on roadways and in the stores. Whether you are shopping or just going about your daily business, the heightened activity level can result in catastrophic events. Stay alert and be safe with these 4 simple safety tips!
- Rest and Relaxation This may seem counter intuitive for any seasoned Black Friday shopper, but it is absolutely necessary! For many, early hours, long days and sleepless nights can pose incredibly dangerous circumstances on the road. If you plan to shop this weekend, be sure to get plenty of rest so you don’t tire at the wheel when driving. Be vigilant and alert on the roads since higher traffic, potential bad weather, alcohol use and sleepiness all contribute to hazardous conditions and injury.
- Be Aware of your Surroundings News stories tend to hype the drama related to crowds, but there is definitely a level of danger that exists. Serious injury can result anytime a large group of individuals vie for precious openings in a limited physical space. From physical altercations to accidental falls, trampling, crush injuries and more – The key to safety is to be 100% aware of your surroundings at all times. Pay attention to the crowds’ behavior as a whole, and ensure you always have a grasp on exit areas.
- See Something, Say Something Due to the abundance of foot and vehicle traffic, security and law enforcement presence is likely to be heightened during the holiday season. If you observe an unsafe condition, even something as minuscule as a spill or broken glass – Report it to a security officer or store representative. Many injuries occur because of overlooked or careless messes, and could easily be prevented! Furthermore, for your safety and the safety of your fellow shoppers, speak up if you see anyone behaving erratically or dangerously. Report the person to authorities immediately.
- Slow Down The may be the last, but arguably the most important tip. I have seen so many injuries that could have been prevented if only the individuals had just slowed down! Injuries result from running down stairways or escalators, winding through crowds, trampling young children or backing up a car into a pedestrian – The price of carelessness is too steep, for both the injured victim and the negligent party.
The deals are tempting, and the holiday spirit is undeniable, but keep yourself and your family safe this Black Friday and throughout the season! If you or a loved one is injured over the holiday weekend, contact me immediately.