In November 2014 millions of people will hit shopping malls looking for the best sales and deals on items such as electronics, furniture, appliances and clothes. What some people may not realize is safety is a major concern when this many people embark on the same endeavor. While most people do not want to think about injuries while shopping it is sometime that is real and must be addressed. When interviewed, Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer David Azizi explains that retailers do their best to keep a safe environment for shoppers but that does not mean there are not accidents that occur.
Falls While Shopping
When a slippery liquid is spilled on the floor of a WalMart, Target, Best Buy or entrance or exit of a mall there are employees that are paid to clean up the area and put up the proper signage. Unfortunately, there are times in which the spill is not cleaned up or proper signage is never used. Individuals that are older and have had deterioration of their bones could really hurt themselves if they slip and fall on this liquid. The slippery substance that may be on the floor does not have to be a beverage. In stores like WalMart or Target customers may spill soap or dish detergent and not even know it. Many of the soaps and detergents these days are clear and not easily seen when spilled on the tile or linoleum floor.
Trip and fall injuries are not uncommon during holiday shoppers hours as well. There are many stacks of inventory that include Christmas trees, toys and electronics. Unfortunately, these stacks can sometimes be in the way and it could cause someone a major injury. Retailers would be smart to make certain there is enough room in each aisle to get around the stacks of Christmas items.
Increase in Shoppers
Black Friday and the weekend after Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year for most retailers. Even pharmacy stores like CVS and Walgreens have their busiest sales days during the holiday shopping season. While most major retailers are more than willing to hire extra employees there may be some retailers that have struggled with their balance sheet and they may try to save by cutting back on staffing during the shopping season. This reducing the number of employees that can clear up spills and place proper signage on the floor.
The best way to avoid injuries during the holiday shopping season is to be completely aware of ones surroundings at all times. If shoppers remain patient and do not try to sprint to get the best sales they will remain in a much safer position. Most people have seen the crazy WalMart Black Friday YouTube videos in which shoppers are literally fighting each other to save $50 on a TV. Instead of putting oneself in danger trying to save $50 it is better to truly enjoy the holiday shopping experience by taking the time to allow those in a hurry to grab their items and make a purchase.
As we get closer to Black Friday shoppers can expect to see most stores get more foot traffic. The amount of shoppers will reach the highest on Black Friday and the weekend of Thanksgiving. Foot traffic will decline after that before peaking again on Christmas Eve. Another safety tip is to pick days in which retailers are not as busy. We would suggest going shopping on Wednesdays or Thursdays which will allow shoppers to avoid the weekend shopping crowd. It is also helpful to go shopping in the morning or early afternoon rather than the evenings. When other people are working, that tends to be the best time to shop.