CHIEF’S CORNER: YOUR SUPER BOWL GAME PLAN

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 31, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Ensure you’re on the winning team with these safety tips: 
 

It’s the Super Bowl and it’s game time! You’re the coach. How are you preparing your team in your “home field” for this big day?

First and foremost, make sure to be a good sport and keep your “Safety” front and center at all times. Safety is our number one priority in this game!

 

You can usually find the “quarterback” in the kitchen. Snap to it and help them avoid a “False Start” with unhealthy foods. Everyone wants to keep their “Tight End” looking just that 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!”

 

--Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna