Big Game weekend

By: 
State Farm Public Affairs
Staff Writer

As we get ready for the Big Game this weekend….there will be lots of parties. Below you will find tips on throwing a safe football party.

Home team:

You wear the stripes so keep the game in check.

Prepare the “field” inside:

• The kitchen is where everyone huddles, and distractions can cause you to take your eyes off the ball.
No half-time break if you’re frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food because the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.
• Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks to avoid penalties, and intercept potential illness by not leaving food like chicken, eggs or cheese out too long.
• Make the hard calls for safety - Throw out the yellow flag if someone has been drinking and tries to leave with keys in their hands. That’s a party foul. Make arrangements for them to get home safely or stay the night
• Know your MVPs - Give the designated drivers the best seat in the house and make sure they have plenty of alcohol-free choices.

Prepare the “field” outside:

Home field advantage means you have to be ready for your fans.
Block slips and falls, and tackle winter hazards like snow-covered, icy driveways, walkways and stairs to prevent delay of game and penalties.

Visiting team:

Facing a long drive to the party or the game?

The five plays to remember behind the wheel:
• Eliminate distractions. Drive 2N2®: 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel
• Drive within speed limits
• Buckle up
• Be prepared for the unexpected and adjust your driving habits for conditions
• Stay sober and alert behind the wheel
• Be prepared for the unexpected play. Get rid of trunk junk and add the gear you’ll need if you have a roadside emergency like a shovel, snow brush, ice scraper, flashlights, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter, warning devices (flares/triangles) and blankets, water, non-perishable food and any needed medicines.
• Avoid your own deflate-gate. As temperatures fall, tire pressure can too. Make sure your tires are ready for the winter drive down the field.

Both teams:

• Consult your State Farm agent before the Big Game or similar gatherings to determine if you have adequate liability coverage, and ask for a Discount Double Check® while you’re at it. Know the official rules in your state.

More Tips on throwing a safe party can be found HERE

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