The holidays are upon us, and many are shopping for last-minute presents. These are the busiest shopping days of the year, and crowds tend to flock to malls to take advantage of one-of-a-kind sales. While the season is festive, we would be remiss not to mention some of the dangers that people are too busy or distracted to think about.
Shoppers have been catastrophically injured or killed during a stampeding event, where multiple shoppers are pressed to enter a store at the same time. A carbon monoxide leak killed one person and injured 27 others at a mall in Massachusetts. Other mall features, such as escalators and poorly-constructed kid rides, have compromised the safety of consumers. Here are some ways that you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe at the mall during this hectic, but fun, time of year.
Staying safe inside the mall
- Choose restrooms that are located in central areas, or areas that have a lot of foot traffic.
- Stay in public, well-trafficked areas, especially near closing time.
Staying safe in parking lots
- If possible, walk to and from your vehicle with other people.
- Keep your keys in your hand while walking to and from your vehicle.
- Park near an entrance and in a well-lit area, if possible. If this is not possible, and you are shopping alone, consider asking a security guard to accompany you to your vehicle – especially if you are shopping at night.
- Before entering your vehicle, check to make sure that no one is in the back seat.
- When you are in your vehicle, keep your doors locked.
Ways to keep children safe at the mall
- Do not leave children unattended or let them wander around unsupervised.
- Always accompany small children to the restroom.
- Do not leave children in a play area, toy store, food court, or video arcade while you shop.
For more information about staying safe at the mall, click here: http://www.kevincoffey.com/mall/mall_safety_tips_for_the_holiday_season.htm
If you or a loved one have been injured at the mall, due to the negligence of a store or another person, call the premises liability attorneys at Allen & Allen for a free consultation. They are happy to listen to your unique situation. Call 866-388-1307.