An important part of home security is protecting the people inside it. With the Super Bowl this weekend, risks are higher than usual. That's why we're here to step in. We hate to be the Debbie Downer's and remind everyone about safety when there are food and drinks on the table (literally). But, someone's got to do it. So we've listed some tips to keep you and your family safe this Super Bowl Sunday.
1. awareness of exits & egress
Pay attention to the exits. Specifically, if there are little kids around. You don't want any little ones sneaking out. If you're grilling or maybe smoking outside, be sure to secure the exits. If there' s no kids around, make sure the adults are responsible! (There are drinks after all.....)
2. don't catch your jersey on fire
Or your apron because that'd be tragic. In all seriousness though, use caution when cooking around an open flame or using grease. Fire extinguishers should definitely be on hand.
Make sure your smoke detectors work. That may mean changing the battery. Just in case you forget about your chicken wings or hot dogs.
4. food safety
Make sure your food is safe. A lot of work goes into cooking and serving food safely. The CDC breaks it down for you here: Game Day Food Safety Tips
5. no drinking and driving
This probably goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Don't drink and drive. If you're not hosting, be sure to have a designated driver. If you are hosting, don't let anyone leave your house impaired. Quit serving drinks at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Serve coffee and desserts instead. More tips on staying safe from the hazards of drunk driving.
6. don't forget about your pets
We don't just protect people inside homes. We protect pets, too. (they're family, duh) So don't forget about them. Alcohol can be poisonous to pets, and so can many foods. If your pet is fearful or shy, make sure they have a space to feel safe and secure. Lastly, don't forget to let them potty!
7. don't break the tv
No matter what team you're rooting for, please don't break the TV. As much as we wouldn't want someone to steal it; we don't want you to break it.