When we plan a shopping trip, it is rare that we consider our safety, beyond the usual stuff of ensuring that we all have seatbelts on and that the children are kept an eye on, but we really should be paying more attention to our safety and security, even if we are only popping to the local supermarket to buy bread and milk.
The reason why staying safe whilst out shopping is so important is because many hundreds of people are injured in and around shops in the United Kingdom every year. Most of these people are injured through no fault of their own, but remaining vigilant may still have helped them to avoid some of the pitfalls that can cause accident and injury when out shopping.
Staying safe whilst out shopping
Staying safe whilst out shopping may be something you are not used to thinking about, but there are a number of common sense things you can do to decrease the chances of you and your family being hurt or injured whilst enjoying a day at the shops:
- Stay alert
When out shopping, it is so easy to get distracted by all the products available to purchase, but it is important that you remain alert for a number of reasons. Staying alert can help to prevent losing children, misplacing your wallet, being mugged, slipping on wet floors and so much more.
- Ask for help
If an item you would like to purchase is too high, or located in an awkward spot for you, it is a good idea to find a shop assistant, who should be able to retrieve it from you in a safe manner. This is a good strategy for preventing shopping injuries caused by falling objects.
- Park in lit areas
If you are out shopping in the evening, it is never a bad idea to park in a well-lit area, which is as close to the store as possible. Not only will this help you to be more aware of your surroundings, thus preventing slip, trip and fall injuries, but it will also mean that you are less likely to be attacked by unscrupulous individuals who may be targeting shoppers.
Of course, even if you do all of these things, the negligence of third parties can lead to you being injured anyway. If this happens, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
To find out more about staying safe whilst out shopping, or to make a personal injury claim, call us, here at Accident Advice Helpline, free on 0800 689 5659.