Big Game weekend

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