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Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

November 23, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when holiday gift buying begins.  Sales offering big discounts lure customers into stores, often beginning in the early hours of the morning.  “Unfortunately, Black Friday is a day when shoppers may become victims of crimes and injuries,” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

People should be alert and aware of people and the surroundings around them, and their vehicles.  Park in a location that is closest to the store or mall if shopping when it is dark.  Be careful of other motorists as they may be distracted.  Park near light.  Purses should be worn in a way that it is close to the body and difficult to snatch.  If carrying a wallet, it should be kept in the front pocket or the inside pocket of a coat or jacket. 

Carrying too many bags may also prove dangerous in many ways.  If possible, leave children at home during Black Friday.  The crowds of people can easily overwhelm a child who may get hurt or become lost.  If you must bring a child, it is important to hold onto small children to avoid separation.  Know where fire/emergency exits are in stores and malls.  If you’re sick, do us “all” a favor and stay home!  Bring hand sanitizers to help combat germs.  Put away that cell phone and be cognizant and courteous of others. 

“Most importantly, be patient and be kind,” reminds Chief DiGiovanna.

Now that’s a bargain!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

*Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.