Make This Super Bowl Sunday Fun and Safe!

The 50th Super Bowl is just around the corner. On Sunday, February 7th 2016 many of us will be enjoying the thrill of watching the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers compete. And while it’s important to enjoy the big game it’s also important to remember some key tips to making this years super bowl safe.

If you’re like many football fans you will be either hosting your own super bowl party or going to one. Along with the game there is always plenty of great cooking and food to go around, which also means the increased risk for home fires. In the United States cooking remains the number one cause of home fires – but you can stay safe by following these simple tips:

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are installed and working properly. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor and outside every bedroom and sleeping area in the family home. To test if your detector is functioning effectively press the test button for a few seconds. If you hear the beep you know it’s working! (CALL 702-697-1707 IF YOU NEED A SMOKE ALARM INSTALLED FOR FREE)
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen – working and ready to go if a fire starts.
  • Never leave frying, grilling or broiling food unattended.
  • Before using kitchen appliances make sure that cords and plugs are in good condition. And remember to unplug those appliances when not in use.
  • When cooking wear clothes that are not loose and do not dangle over open flames and stovetops.
  • Make sure that oven mitts, potholders, kitchen towels, and all other flammables, are away from hot stoves.
  • Never leave children unattended in the kitchen and be sure to keep kids at least three feet from the stove at all times.

Besides being safe in the kitchen it’s also important to be safe on the roads. Drunk driving accidents and deaths increase during the Super Bowl, as well as immediately after, so it’s important to be diligent. Know you’re limit, stick to it, and remember – don’t drink and drive! It’s easy for all of us to get caught up in the excitement of the game and lose track of how much alcohol we’ve taken in. Before the game even starts make sure you’ve designated a non-drinking driver who will make sure you get home safe!

And if you’re the one hosting on the big day – ask for car keys as your guests arrive and make space available for them to spend the night if needed. Being pro-active can ensure that everyone stays safe while having a great time!

If you would like more information on home fire safety you can call our local office at (702) 791-3311. Also please visit American Red Cross – Prevent Home Fires for more great safety tips.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

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