By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
“As you prepare for Super bowl festivities make sure to be a good sport and keep your ‘Safety’ front and center at all times,” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
Super Bowl Sunday falls second to Thanksgiving for the most food consumption in one day. Additionally, it is estimated that approximately 325 million gallons of beer is consumed this day.
DUI crashes involving injury were 41% more likely to occur on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other Sunday in January or February. Additionally, New Year’s Eve was the only night of the year with a higher rate, with a 44% increase. No wonder safety is our priority!
Are you hosting the game in your Home Field? Be a good Quarterback and avoid a false start with unhealthy foods. Keep the ‘tight end’ looking just that – by adding healthy snacks to your menu instead of high fat foods or go for that super bowl trophy by serving all healthy snacks. Let’s avoid that ‘Wide Receiver’ if possible.
Again, ‘safety’ is your priority as you prepare game day meals and snacks, follow food safety guidelines to prevent illness. If you’re barbequing, make sure you have a fire extinguisher near and keep the grill away from combustibles.
Limit alcohol. None of us want a penalty for drinking and driving. Be a good Line Backer and take steps to make sure you and other guests avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. Be a good cheerleader and designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins.
Never leave children unattended. Make sure your pets can handle the excitement before placing them in new or strange situations.
Don’t be the “Offensive Lineman” by being a poor sport or offending others. People and their behavior have a tendency to change on Super Bowl Sunday. Don’t get tackled un-expectantly, keep the attitude in check and use common sense!
Have fun, be Safe and avoid any unnecessary roughage by being smart!
*Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. This information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from the use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.