Super Bowl Safety
January 28, 2013
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
With the Super Bowl being this weekend, it is important to remember some safety tips that will ensure you have a fun, enjoyable experience.
Top plays to keep your celebration SAFE:
- Play #1:Blow the whistle on TV Tip-Overs
Ensure that your TV is located on a stable surface and that, if on a stand, it is placed as back rearward as possible. If possible, mount the TV on the wall. An unexpected touchdown dance can easily knock over today's flat-screen TV's. Falling TV sets have killed more than 200 children since 2000, with 18,000 people a year, mostly children, being treated for injuries from falling TV's.
- Play #2: Don't get penalized for burying extension cords under a rug
Cords can become worn, overhead and cause a fire. Route extension cords near the sidelines (i.e. walls) of your home. Never use a cord that is cut or damaged.
- Play #3: Avoid illegal formations
Do not plug too many cords into an outlet. The outlet may be overloaded, resulting in a fire.
- Play #4: Tackle grilling outside
Grilling in garages, carports, or inside the house is dangerous. Not only is it a fire risk, but there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep your grill at least 10 feet from the side of your home.
- Play #5: No instant replays on turkey fryers
Be extremely cautious if using a turkey fryer. Because turkey fryers pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burns and fire hazards, UL (Underwriter's Laboratory) does not certify any turkey fryers for use.
- Play #6: Create safety zones to control the crowd
Limit the number of people in areas like the kitchen, especially when the stove or oven is in use. Stretch before the game by getting down on your hands and knees and searching for objects or situations that may endanger children who will be at your home. Pay attention to sharp corners and small objects. Don't block exits with large items. Pathways should be clear of small toys, throw rugs, electrical cords, and other items creating a trip hazard.
- Play #7: Avoid unsportsmanlike conduct - don't drink and drive
Super Bowl Sunday is one of the nation's most dangerous days on the roadways due to impaired driving. Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired. Remember, Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk. If hosting a Super Bowl party, stop serving alcohol at the end of the 3rd quarter and begin serving coffee and dessert. Have a designated driver determined before the party starts.