Party prep safety playbook
Most game-day gatherings involve mounds of yummy food and groups of good friends. Follow these safety tips to make sure you are ready for the Big Game.
Fielding kitchen safety
- As you prep for your guests, try out these safety tips to avoid penalties in the kitchen.
- Keep sharp utensils stored and away from little hands: If your party will involve little ones running around, avoid any slips and cuts that could take your away from the game and to the hospital.
- Don’t leave cooking food unattended: Leaving food to cook while you peek in on the game can lead to spills, burns, or even fires. Make sure to leave a player in the kitchen during food prep.
- Store papers and other combustible materials away from hot surfaces: Store flammable items a safe distance away from hot surfaces to help keep your home safe from fires.
- Wipe up any spills right away: No one wants their star player out with an injury. Cleaning up spills will help keep your fans safe from injuries.
- Keep pot handles turned away from the front of the stove: Turning pot handles away from the front will prevent little hands from accidentally grabbing a hot skillet.
- Avoid obstructions such as leaving the dishwasher open or cabinet doors left ajar: Food prep can be hectic, especially if you’re trying to fit in all of your chores during a time-out. Reduce your chances of injury by ensuring there aren’t any unnecessary tripping hazards.
- Practice smart fire prevention and store a fire extinguisher nearby: Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand to help keep your home safe if a kitchen fire were to occur.
Play it smart and your party will be set for a win.
Keeping your head in the game
- There are a few other precautions you can take to keep your head in the game. Our safety tips will help make the Big Game day a success.
- Keep an unobstructed path to food to avoid tripping and injuries: Open pathways will help guests avoid tripping and will leave lots of room for rambunctious kiddos.
- Don’t use sharp utensils to serve food: Using plastic-ware or focusing on finger foods will reduce the likelihood of injuries.
- If possible, set up food in a large, open space: Giving your guests plenty of room to move around will prevent falls and spills.
- Serve beverages from the fridge to avoid spills: Use the fridge instead of a cooler. This reduces obstructions and will help prevent spills from leaked water.
Prep with safety in mind and you’ll be able to focus on the Big Game.
Don’t forget those who aren’t on the field
- If your event will include some fans of the smaller variety, being prepared might help you avoid party fouls. Here are a few tips for entertaining kids during the Big Game.
- Provide a dedicated space for play and activities: Consider using a babysitter to supervise this area to help ensure the safety of children.
- Have easy crafts on hand that don’t require excessive adult supervision: Providing simple activities such as crayons and coloring books can go a long way toward entertaining your smaller guests without taking away from the Big Game.
- Make sure you have kid-friendly food and drinks: Juice boxes or other kid-friendly drinks will help prevent spills and simplify cleaning after the game.
- Offer a variety of toys where several kids can play together: Try to encourage kids to play with each other in groups. This makes supervision easier and will allow parents to enjoy the game.
- Provide themed activities to keep them involved with the Big Game: Kids love being a part of the action. Print some football-themed pages or team-related activities to keep them involved.
Keeping the kiddos content will help you kick off a successful party.
Game day safety strategy
Any coach will tell you that you don’t walk into game day without a strategy. Make sure you are properly prepared for the Big Game with these tips.
Avoid fan fever
- Part of the fun of the Big Game is to support your favorite team. But, tensions can run high. Follow these safety tips to help your guests keep a cool head.
- Offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options: Make sure all guests have the option of choice to prevent binge drinking.
- Remind guests in advance that your event is a neutral zone: Informing your guests of neutrality in advance sets the expectation of a friendly atmosphere.
- Discourage binge drinking: Binge drinking can lead to poor decision making. Try to discourage excessive drinking when possible.
- Serve coffee and desserts in the third quarter: This strategy helps wind down any drinking and sets you up for a win.
- Offer plenty of food options: Food helps to offset the effects of alcohol.
Keep tensions low and your party (and hopefully, your team) will be headed for a victory.
Play it safe
If alcohol is going to be present at your party, make sure you take a few precautions.
- Encourage guests to designate a sober driver in advance: Designated drivers help see that guests arrive home safely. You can also offer special perks to designated drivers to encourage safety.
- Provide an assortment of non-alcoholic drink options for drivers: Make sure your party can accommodate all drivers choosing not to drink.
- Keep contact info for cabs ready to hand out: Some guests may drink too much without intending to do so. In that case, it’s a smart strategy to have some options for seeing your guests get home safely.
- Offer guests the option of staying over: If the option is available, offer guests the use of a couch or spare bedroom to discourage drinking and driving.
- Don’t allow guests to drive if they’ve had too much to drink: Interception of keys may be a necessary play if any guests are not safe to drive.
Keep the fouls at a minimum and you will have a house full of winners.
With a little prep work, you’ll be able to watch the game and keep your guests entertained for the Big Game.