Pennsylvania retailers do whatever they can to attract customers year-round, but certain dates on the calendar can provoke shopping frenzies. Customers rush to stock up on food in advance of traditional Easter dinners, Fourth of July barbeques and winter holiday feasts and parties. Promised one-day-only discounts encourage some shoppers to line up -- even camp out in parking lots -- hours in advance of a Black Friday sale.
During sales surges, Allegheny County stores can go from crowded to overcapacity in record time. Store owners and operators may anticipate a boost in sales but can't ignore safety considerations. Crowd control planning is imperative to avoid dangerous conditions that can harm visitors.