SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - In one week the shopping frenzy begins Stores across the nation offer deep discounts in hopes of attracting you to dig deep and spend.
Every year millions of people take advantage of those offers and every year someone gets hurt trying to get their hands on their coveted gift.
“Best Buy gets really hectic,” said Kendra Gallegos, Black Friday shopper. “Toys R Us, that one's a big issue you get people fighting,” she said.
On Thursday, OSHA sent major retail stores a letter with recommendations on how to keep shoppers and employees safe. The violence reached a high in 2008 when a worker was trampled to death when a mob of shoppers rushed through doors of a New York Wal-Mart.
The U.S. Labor Department is urging retailers to step-up crowd control. OSHA’s recommendations include on-site security and police officers, emergency procedures in case of danger and not blocking or locking exit doors.
Target in Salt Lake City already has a plan in place to keep everyone safe.
“We have an entire team that is dedicated to that, they partner with local law enforcement,” said Randall Miller, Team Leader at Target. “Just the way that we let guests in the building, we control flow so there’s no running and that kind of stuff so we keep it as safe as possible.”
Shoppers at Target on 300 West can also expect to see Salt Lake City police officers who will help control crowds. But even with the precautions from the stores just as much responsibility will fall on the shoppers.
“People need to take on their own responsibility too and just be mature about the situation,” said Gallegos.