5 Safety Tips for Your Football Season
With the the NFL season on the horizon, football season is officially back in full swing. And if you’re anything like the staff here at Perenich, Caulfiled, Avril & Noyes, that means family, tailgating, Bar-B-Q’ing, and fun! But before you go “all-in” on the football frenzy, review these 5 tips for a safe season.
Pick a Designated Driver
We all know that few things go better with a football game than an ice cold adult beverage. However, whether you’re going to the game, your favorite local pub and eatery, or simply going over to a friend’s house, be sure to designate a driver. It only takes one drink to impair your faculties, so if you plan on drinking at all, have a safe ride home. If you are unable to designate a driver, consider calling a cab, an Uber, or a Lyft.
Wear Safe, Close-Toed Shoes
You aren’t expected to make all of the cuts, leaps, or dives that the players make on game day. But you can make it a point to wear safe, closed-toed and heeled shoes. We recommend a pair of recreational tennis shoes or something similar — shoes that will keep a nice snug fit throughout the game and carry plenty of traction on any surface. Any given stadium can have asphalt, concrete, or even metal as their walking surface, and you will want to have plenty of traction and stability in your shoes in case of spill or rainfall.
Pick a Safe Tailgating Spot
Bbe sure to pick out a safe tailgate spot and to know your surroundings. Tailgating often comes with tossing the football, playing horse shoes, or some similar type of game. These activities can invite injury if not done safely.
Popular tailgating spots are often nothing more than giant parking lots where fans are competing for a few remaining parking spaces, so keep an eye out for traffic. Similarly, trash may have been left by other tailgaters, so keep your eye open for broken glass, hot coals, or even shards of sharp metal or other dangers other fans have left behind.
Drink Lots of Water
Dehydration is one of the biggest threats to safety at football outings. Between staying active, drinking alcohol, and being out in the sun all day, fans sometimes forget the tremendous toll football games can take on our bodies. That is why it is important to keep our body well-nourished with plenty of water and fluids. Dehydration can lead heat stroke or loss of consciousness. Pack plenty of ice cold waters for the day.
Have a First Aid Kit Handy
Of course, no one is perfect, and there are some things we simply can’t ever fully prepare for. So, we recommend keeping a first aid kit in your tailgate pack in case of emergencies. Remember, though stadiums will likely not let you carry your first aid kit inside. However, they are well equipped with their own safety and medical equipment.
With over 60 years of experience, Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes has been around for longer than most NFL teams — even the Dallas Cowboys didn’t get their start until 1960! We have found success by caring for clients for in all of their activities. Whether it’s an auto accident, a social security appeal, or simply a tailgate injury, we see you through.