The day after Christmas may be even busier than all the days spent shopping before Christmas, because you’re dealing with people using all those gift cards, and people returning things. Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe on the day after Christmas.


Rolled Rugs and Twisted Weather Mats

Many businesses aim to keep their floors dry by using weather mats. They’re often placed directly in front of doors and entrances in order to prevent snow and ice from being tracked through the store.

However, with increased foot traffic, these rugs can roll and easily trip patrons. When entering a store, make sure to keep an eye out for any cuffed weather mats. If you see a rolled rug, make sure to bring it to the attention of an on-duty worker.


Crowded Escalators


You’ll find escalators in most malls these days. While they’re convenient when toting an armful of shopping bags, they can also be dangerous if something goes wrong.

As shoppers pile onto escalators, there is an increased likelihood of an accident. Sometimes the movement of these machines can catch someone off guard and cause them to fall, which can create dangerous chain reaction down these moving stairs.

Be sure to take your time when riding the escalator and keep any small children from sitting or playing on these machines.


Wet Floors

While weather mats are used keep floors dry, sometimes they’re left down too long or aren’t put down at all. This can create slippery environments, especially in businesses with tile or hardwood flooring.

Always be on the lookout for yellow caution signs. They’re highly visible and can help warn you of wet floors. If you notice water collecting while you’re shopping, be sure to notify a nearby worker immediately.

Negligent Drivers

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Being hit by a car in a parking lot or while walking to a store is real concern during high-volume shopping days. If bad road conditions are present, it makes the likelihood of a pedestrian accident even greater.

Drivers in parking lots are often distracted by a number of things. Whether it’s finding the nearest open spot or watching for other cars pulling out, a driver’s attention is divided between many different things.

Constantly be on the lookout for distracted drivers when you’re walking across parking lots and crosswalks.