It’s the biggest retail event of the year and creates scores of impatient queues up and down the country. Yes, it’s the Boxing Day sales. Though prices are low and excitement is high, from a health and safety point of view, it is a potential minefield.
How can I avoid slips, trips and falls during the Boxing Day sales?
We’ve all seen pictures and video footage of the scrums of bargain hunters crowding the streets and shops on the 26th of December. If you want to join them, the following tips could help you avoid an accident in public.
As the saying goes, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Knowing where you want to go, and when, is key to staying safe during the Boxing Day sales. Getting lost can cause panic, and distracted or stressed minds are far more likely to lead to an accidental trip or fall.
It’s also advisable to know when to call it quits. Boxing Day sales can bring out strange behaviour in some people and should you find yourself embroiled in an argument (such as who got a t-shirt first) it’s probably best to let it go.
Your safety can also be greatly improved by what you choose to wear. Boxing Day is not a time for lengthy, leisurely browsing and a pair of comfortable, practical shoes will help you last the distance as well as minimise the chance of any public slips or falls.
It’s also important to remain aware of your surroundings at all times as crowded streets and pavements can increase the likelihood of road traffic accidents as well as trips in public.
Who else has safety responsibilities during the Boxing Day sales?
As well as personal responsibility between shoppers to not cause an accident in public, shop staff and owners have an obligation to ensure that their outlet is safe for customers to use.
This means keeping the aisles clear of potential trip hazards, keeping the shopping environment clean and safe, and quickly dealing with any accidents such as spillages.
What can I do if I suffer an accident in public during the Boxing Day sales?
If you suffer a trip in a shop, then you may be due public accident compensation under public liability law.
Accident Advice Helpline offer professional and friendly guidance regarding your claim and can take it on a no win, no fee** basis.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown