Tips for Throwing a Safe Football Party

How to Get Home Safe From Super Bowl Parties

Sports fans fist bumping on a couch with snacks

Everyone loves a football party with friends to watch the big games and planning ahead is good defense. In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, an average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 51 minutes. These alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 29 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

These suggestions can help hosts and their guests keep the party — and the ride home — safer when the big game takes place this February.

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.
  • And don’t leave food like chicken, eggs or cheese out too long, risking illness. 
  • 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. Suggest your guests have a plan to get home safely, or have them 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 drive to the party or the game?

The plays to remember for safe travel:

  • Eliminate distractions. #Drive2N2: 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel.
  • Drive within speed limits.
  • Buckle up, every trip, every time.
  • Stay sober and alert behind the wheel.
  • Plan ahead — anyone drinking should not be driving. Use alternatives modes to get there safely.
  • Be prepared for unexpected field conditions. Remove junk from your vehicle trunk and add a road safety kit, including items 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 necessary medicines.
  • Check game-time weather. As temperatures fall, tire pressure can too. Make sure your tires are ready for the drive down the field.


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