Crowd control procedures in place ahead of Black Friday

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HAMILTON COUNTY - With Black Friday just a few days away, some of the biggest retailers are talking about their safety plans to keep shoppers and workers safe.

Large crowds at stores on Friday morning have caused dangerous situations in the past and the Indiana Department of Labor is reminding stores to use crowd control techniques to ensure safety.

Walmart recently announced it will have a ‘New Black Friday’ this year where deals are spread out over a period of five days to help alleviate a mad rush on Friday morning. Customers will also receive wrist bands to help avoid any confusion or disagreements over products.

“If there is a certain amount of products at that store, we’ll have the same amount of wrist bands to correlate. And so a customer can get the wrist band for the item that they`re choosing to buy and then they can go back and turn that wristband in for the item,” explained Walmart spokesman Brian Nick.

At Target in West Carmel, team leaders are making sure they will have crowds under control before they walk through the doors.

“We take safety very seriously,” said Sunshine Vinson, and executive team leader at the store. “Obviously, it’s our number one concern."

The store plans to have an officer outside and inside the store with safety employees stationed in every department to make sure customers are following Target’s ‘first come, first serve’ rules.

“(They will) monitor that guests aren’t just grabbing over each other and fighting for items,” explained Vinson.

If you don’t want to venture out into the crowds, most stores are offering the same deals online available from the comfort of your own home.

Here’s more information on Black Friday store hours.