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Football Season Safety Tips To Help Keep Your Family Safe

Fall is fast approaching, which means cooler temperatures and the highly anticipated return of football season! Football season in Central Florida brings with it an abundance of fan favorites, including tailgates, sports bar outings, fantasy football leagues and bowl parties. As you cheer your team to victory this year, remember the following safety tips.

  • Do not drink and drive. Whether you are tailgating, hosting a bowl party at your home or meeting up with your buddies at the local sports bar to catch the big game, know your limit when it comes to alcohol consumption. Always be prepared to use a designated driver or call a cab to get home safely.
  • Keep it clean. If you are tailgating, opt for non-breakable, recyclable containers. Avoid glass bottles. This will make for an easy clean-up and avoid injuries from broken glass. When preparing food, do not cross contaminate. Keep raw meats separate from your vegetables by using separate cutting boards and knives. Clean hands are a must. Keep anti-bacterial hand sanitizer in reach at all times.
  • Grill safety. Consider the wind direction when positioning your grill. If it is a particularly windy day, make sure to bring extra charcoal because the wind will make it burn faster. Face the back of the grill towards the direction of the wind. Cook food thoroughly. Bacteria grow quickly at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F. When tailgating, make sure to bring a metal bucket for still-glowing coals and make sure your grill is extinguished properly.
  • Get directions. Have detailed directions to the stadium to avoid getting lost and have a plan for parking. Arrive four hours before the game starts so you have plenty of time to set up. Plan to eat two hours before the game so you leave time to clean up.
  • Separate coolers. When setting up your tailgate, make sure you have separate coolers for food and drink and label these accordingly. Cold foods, such as raw meats must be kept cold. That’s hard to do when you have people constantly opening the drink cooler. Having a separate cooler for food and a separate cooler for drinks will help you avoid this problem.
  • Remember to eat. Whenever alcohol is consumed, make sure food is as well.
  • Check the weather. If you are heading to the stadium, be prepared for the unexpected. With warmer temperatures, pack plenty of sunscreen and water and always pack a poncho in case it rains.
  • Protect your valuables. Whether you are heading to the local sports bar or a live game, keep your wallets, purses and mobile phones with you at all times to avoid theft.

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