Below you will find the answers to some of the questions we hear the most regarding Football Season Safety. If you have questions or comments please call our office at 407-490-1271.
What are some safety tips for fans to remember this football season?
- Do not drink and drive. Know your limit when it comes to alcohol consumption and always be prepared to use a designated driver or call a cab to get home safely.
- If you are tailgating, opt for non-breakable, recyclable containers.
- When preparing food, do not cross contaminate. Keep raw meats separate from your vegetables by using separate cutting boards and knives. Keep anti-bacterial hand sanitizer in reach at all times.
- 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.
- 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.
- When setting up your tailgate, make sure you have separate coolers for food and drink and label these accordingly.
- 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.
What are some food safety tips to remember when setting up your tailgate party?
- Keep food at safe temperatures. Cold foods must be kept below 40 °F, while hot foods must be kept at 140 °F or higher.
- Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling raw meat. Have separate cutting boards and utensils for your raw meats. Securely wrap all meat, poultry or fish that may leak before placing them in the cooler. Make sure these foods are at 40° F or below.
- Pack foods in well-insulated coolers and use plenty of ice to keep foods cold.
- Use separate coolers for drinks. Keeping the food cooler closed will allow it to retain at a colder temperature.
- Pack what you can the night before and have a list of items you can check off as you pack.
- After you have arrived at your tailgate site, never let food sit out, especially in hot weather. Use a digital food thermometer when grilling to ensure you cook ground meats to an internal temperature of at least 160°F; steaks to at least 145°F, pork chops and tenderloin steaks to at least 160°F, and chicken to at least 180°F.
- When cleaning up, discard food that has been left out for more than one hour in temperatures exceeding 90°F, or has been sitting for more than two hours.
What are some safety essentials to remember at your next tailgate party?
- First Aid Kit
- Grilling Accessories
- Extra Charcoal
- Lighter Fluid
- Digital Food Thermometer
- Oven Mitts
- Plenty of Ice
- Trash Bags
- Soap and Water
- Paper Towels
- Masking Tape
- Ziploc Bags
- Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer
- Metal Bucket for Still-Glowing Coals
Be Safe This Football Season
If you have questions or comments about any of the Football Season Safety questions found on this page please call us today at 407-490-1271.