Tailgating Safety Tips

Tailgating Safety Tips

Football season and tailgating go hand in hand. While spending the weekend grilling outside before cheering on your favorite team is tradition, it’s still a good idea to review these tailgating safety tips ahead of the next game.

Store and Cook Food Properly

Whether you’re grilling hot dogs or serving steak, cook and store foods properly to help avoid food poisoning, cross-contamination or spoilage. Before you get to the game, store raw meat separately from ready-to-eat foods, like fruits and veggies. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the foods you’re grilling are cooked to the proper temperature. Store and serve perishable foods, like guacamole or potato salad, in a cooler with plenty of ice or frozen gel packs. Remember to wash hands after handling uncooked meat and wipe down tables before serving your family and friends.

Use Your Grill Safely

Food hot off the grill is a good way to get the crowd cheering, but you need be careful when grilling. First, be sure grills are allowed at the stadium or field and understand the rules for grilling when it is allowed. For example, USC prohibits grilling under tents, and grills must be at least 15 feet away from any structures. A hot grill can be a fire hazard, so be prepared with a fire extinguisher. It’s also a good idea to have first-aid kit on hand. Keep the extinguisher nearby while grilling, and make sure children and pets are always a safe distance from the grill  Lastly, never leave a grill unattended.

 Protect Yourself From the Sun

Tailgating often means a long day in the sun. Even on cool days, it’s a good idea to help protect yourself from sunburn and dehydration. Be sure to apply and reapply sunscreen. You should also wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. And as always, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Tackle Your Trash

Leaving garbage on the ground or parking lot is not only irritating to other tailgaters, it can also be a potential hazard. Clean up your tailgating area before you head into the stadium. Be sure to pack heavy-duty trash bags before you leave home. Check out where you can recycle cans, bottles and other recyclables, and have a way to safely pack up leftovers.

Protect Your Valuables

Tailgating has become high-tech in recent years — from satellite TVs to coolers with wireless speakers. While you’re at the venue watching the game, your gear could be at risk for theft. It’s important to lock valuables out of sight. Also, secure coolers, chairs, barbecue grills and other items.

Tailgating can be a great way to kick off a day of cheering for your favorite team with family and friends. Your friends at Apollo Insurance Services wish you a fun & safe day while tailgating!

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