Black Friday Shopping Safety Tips

Before you hit the stores for holiday shopping later this week, you might take a moment to think about whether the stores you go to can handle a stampede of people. The state's Labor Commissioner says established safety procedures are crucial to ensuring safe holiday shopping for workers and shoppers. They say stores should use crowd management techniques, like line markers or barricades, that way customers don't break down the doors and trample people. It also recommends employee training for emergency situations, including having automatic external defibrillators. The department says in years past, workers and shoppers nationwide have been hurt and even killed as a result of inadequate crowd management preparation.