Tips for Keeping Your Tailgate Ball Safe

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Whether you love sports or food, football season is here. This means the happy hour of tailgating has begun again. It takes a lot of effort to have a successful tailgate, but it’s important to keep you, your vehicles, and your guests safe. Here’s what you need to know and do before you get into retrograde…we mean sports.

  1. Create an Order

    First things first: start with a plan. Will the snacks be enough, or will the grill be fun? Well, what about both? When choosing food, make sure it’s stored properly (meaning warm and close to other foods – we’ll get into that below). Depending on where you live and what climate you are in, you can experience different weather conditions (sun and heat, rain, even cold and snow). It’s important to dress the part and pack things to stay warm during sports and big games. Also, don’t forget to come prepared with a emergency vehicle/first aid.

  2. Food Preparation and Storage
    Whether you plan to cook or eat pre-made food, it’s important make sure the food is at the right temperature to eat. If you have a meal that you plan to cook, simple foods such as burgers or hotdogs should be at least. 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Pre-prepared foods such as subs or baking trays should be stored in a separate cooler. On a cold or warm day, food can be left for two hours before eating or thrown away. On a hot day (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit), reduce the time to one hour.

  3. Safety and Sanitation
    If you’re planning to cook, it’s a good idea to come prepared with the essentials (yes, including that precious “Grill Master” apron). It’s also a good idea to have a fire extinguisher close by. Bring a plastic container to store dirty cooking utensils after cooking and serving guests. Check this out fire protection instructions for practical suggestions.

    To keep your dining area clean, we recommend having plenty of paper towels, hand sanitizer, and trash bags. Paper towels carry less germs than cloth towels, especially when handling raw and uncooked food. Hand sanitizer should be available before cooking or passing the food line. And finally, trash bags keep the tailgate clean and your neighbors happy.

  4. Don’t forget DD
    We know there’s an elephant in the room… what about adult drinks? Pre-game rituals often include drinks. Before you participate, it’s important identify the selected driver. By doing so, you eliminate the possibility of A distracted driver gets behind the wheel. Sometimes, blocking can be an all-day or evening event; encourage party goers to have food in between drinks and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Again, it is important to arrange transportation already you have arrived.

  5. We are going home
    After fun and festivities, make sure your beach area is clean and trash is disposed of in designated areas. Answer around your car. Make sure that there are no cans, bottles, or other objects that you can pass through that could damage your vehicle. Also, there is a lot of traffic when you exit the tail end, so it’s important drive carefully when exiting the parking lot.

At Erie Insurance, our promise is simple: to be there when you need us. Whether we’re tracking the big game or riding home afterward, you can count on us to provide the protection you need – at a price you can afford. Contact us today learning about car insurance from ERIE.