While most of us patiently await this short work week to be over so that we can eat our fair share of turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving Day, others are already game planning for early Black Friday shopping. If you are one of those already strategizing for this Friday’s shopping, you are not alone. Last year, more than 87 million Americans mobbed department stores and malls in search of awesome door-buster deals according to a Yahoo Finance article, entitled Now I Get It: Black Friday.
Regrettably, yet also perhaps unsurprisingly, many Americans are injured during Black Friday shopping. In fact, since 2006, there have been seven deaths and 98 injuries directly caused by the pushing, shoving, and trampling synonymous with the unofficial shopping holiday. Some of those injuries were also the result of sleep deprived drivers who fell asleep at the wheel after staying up all night in search of the next great discount.
So, if you choose to trek to the malls this Black Friday, here are some tips to have a safe Black Friday. First, avoid large crowds huddled at the front doors of department stores. Pushing and shoving inevitably leads to trampling. Second, be wary of poor drivers in busy parking lots. Sometimes drivers are more concerned about finding the closest empty parking space than watching out for pedestrians. And third, be sure to get plenty of sleep before you head out. Shockingly, a US News & World Report article from November, 2010 cites evidence that drowsy driving can be just as bad a driving drunk!
Keep these few simple tips in mind this Friday and you should not only get that flat screen TV for a mere $199, but you will also get home in one piece. Before then, share a great Thanksgiving with family and friends because aren’t they the ones that make this season great? Happy Thanksgiving!