Shoppers at risk of injury while in stores on Black Friday

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow and a lot of preparation and planning has gone into the meal and festivities of the day. But for many families, a lot of planning has also gone into the day after Thanksgiving: Black Friday. With so many deals and door prizes, shoppers often plan out what route they will take in order to find the best deals.

But even the best shopper cannot plan for everything. One of the biggest concerns surrounding Black Friday is customer safety. If a store fails to take reasonable steps to protect customers on one of the biggest shopping days of the year, shoppers could find themselves leaving the store with serious injuries instead of a good deal.

Stores across the nation are opening even earlier this year. In the past, 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. were early times. But now some stores like Target will be opening at midnight; ToysRUs is opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Stores are predicting that there will be even more shoppers getting to stores before they open to snag some of the deals this year. In fact, it is estimated that more than 150 million people will be at malls and stores nationwide.

But in all the shopping craziness, customers can get pushed, shoved and even trampled on. Many retailers are focusing on safety and making sure that the shopping experience is a good one. For example, Target will be filtering shoppers into the store in groups of 100. This should help reduce the risk of injury to shoppers as they try to get through the front doors. Many stores will also be providing additional security to control the inevitable crowds.

Hopefully these extra steps will help to keep shoppers safe this weekend.

Source: Visalia Times-Delta, "Stores are opening early for Black Friday," Nov. 19, 2011

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