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Safety Tips for Your Next Big Tailgate

Tailgating Party

Fall means the air gets a little cooler, the leaves start to change colors and football season is in full swing. Part of the fun of going to a college or pro football game is to pack up the grill, load up the cooler, and to tailgate before going into the stadium.

Whether the tailgate serves as a chance to grill some food, or enjoy a cold drink, it's the perfect pre-game tradition. 21st Century Insurance has some tailgating safety tips to keep your family and friends safe while they're getting ready for the big game.

Tailgating Party Tips from 21st Century Insurance

In some places tailgating is an art form. For example, at Louisiana State University, more than two-thirds of fans spend five hours tailgating before a game. That art form includes picking the right vehicle to drive to the game, bringing some games, and stocking up on the right supplies. Beyond the all-important food and drink choice, here are a few things to remember before you head off to the big game.

  • Be sure to put plenty of ice in your cooler, particularly if you are bringing raw or uncooked meat. It's important to keep meat cold before cooking to prevent food poisoning.

  • If you're grilling, make sure to bring a fire extinguisher.

  • After your tailgate is finished, throw away all food that may spoil. Leftovers may be tempting after the game, but they may also be dangerous.

  • If you're using a charcoal grill, make sure to cool the coals properly before putting them in a garbage container or back in your car.

  • Make sure you can see properly and that there are no items in your way, such as bottle or cans before starting to drive.

  • If any guests have been drinking alcohol, make sure they don't get behind the wheel. They may think they're sober after the exhilaration of the game, but it's more important to be safe.

The Keys to Hosting a Great Tailgating Party

One key to any great party is the food, and a tailgating party is no different. Whether you bring pizzas or grill burgers, hot dogs or brats, make sure you have plenty of food to enjoy. Another key to the party is drinks. If you're serving alcohol, make sure people are being safe in how much they drink or play it safe by not serving alcohol. Music and other entertainment are also important: make sure to bring along some classic pre-game tunes and a football or two to throw around.

One final key to make your party a success is tailgating safety. If you are smart, and follow the above guidelines, your guests will be healthy and safe, before, during, and after the game.

21st Century Insurance wants to make sure drivers are safe on the road. See how much you could be saving by switching to 21st Century today by getting a free car insurance quote at 21st.com.

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