CHIEF’S CORNER: SUPER BOWL SAFETY TIPS

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

It’s the Super Bowl and you’re the quarterback!

February 1, 2018 (San Diego) --  Whether you’re calling the shots at your home field or at a party somewhere else make sure to be a good sport and keep your “Safety” front and center at all times.

Your “Running Back” is in the kitchen. Help avoid a “False Start” with unhealthy foods. Everyone wants to keep their “Tight End” looking tight, so add healthy snacks to your menu instead of high-fat foods. You may want to consider that “Quarterback Sneak” and replace those buffalo wings and nachos with veggies and hummus or whole wheat pita chips. Let’s avoid that “Wide Receiver” if possible.

Let’s get back to your Safety. As you prepare game day meals and snacks, follow food safety guidelines to prevent illness.

If you’re tailgating and barbequing, have your “Center” go right up the middle and make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby and keep the grill away from combustibles.

Limit alcohol. None of us want a penalty for drinking and driving. Be a good “Linebacker” and take steps to make sure you and other guests avoid driving under the influence of alcohol.

Better yet, make sure to have “Double Coverage” and designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins.

Remember, not everyone likes the gridiron. If you’re planning “excessive celebration,” find a sitter for the kids and leave the dog at home.

Don’t be the “Offensive Lineman” by taking cheap shots or offending others. People and their behavior have a tendency to change on Super Bowl Sunday. You don’t want to get tackled unexpectedly, so keep the attitude in check and use common sense!

Most of all, have fun, be safe and avoid any “unnecessary roughness!”

*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. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.