Do Black Friday the Safe Way

If you can’t resist the lure of Black Friday deals, this season’s shopping should offer-up lots of opportunities. But, you hear every year about injuries and occasionally, even deaths. Not only this, but Black Friday shoppers risk the potential of pick pocketing or theft.

There are three areas in particular to keep in mind if you are out and about, shopping on Black Friday.

  1. Travel Safety. With many potentially tired or impaired people on the roads in the middle of the night/ early morning, make sure you are alert. Never drive impaired and try to avoid having young/inexperienced drivers take the wheel on Black Friday. Take weather into consideration as well; as snow/ice can be concerns in some areas.
  2. Identity Protection. Make sure you aren’t making it easy to steal your identity during your shopping experience. If paying with a debit or credit card, keep the card in your wallet until the moment you pay. Make it harder to see your card info and/or pin number by obscuring them with your hands at all times. Also  make sure to keep your purse/wallet secure so it isn’t an easy target for a pickpocket who can then steal your identity.
  3. Personal Injury Prevention. Waiting in lines for highly anticipated items can get stressful and sometimes even a little bit violent. Make sure to pay attention to what’s going on around you so that you do not get injured. Do not engage in verbal or physical confrontation; no deal is worth it. Also, make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes and shoes that are easy to move in. You might need to move quickly to avoid injury.

Don’t forget that cyber shopping can come with dangers too, mostly in terms of scams and cyber security. Make sure you only shop from websites you are familiar with and that you have updated antivirus software on your computer.

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