Super Bowl Party Tips To Keep Guests Safe and Happy

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With the Super Bowl just days away, people around the country are busy preparing their homes to host legendary parties. So that those parties are made famous for the game itself rather than made infamous by personal injuries, the Ochs Law Firm has put together tips that those hosting guests must keep in mind.

Overlooked safety hazards include foodborne illness, drunk driving, and more, but you can protect your guests from these dangers in a few simple ways.

It’s down to Seattle and Denver, but no matter who citizens are rooting for, both diehard superfans and those without a vested interest in the outcome will come together on February 2 to watch the Super Bowl.

Even if a host is more focused on the commercials than who is putting more points up on the scoreboard, it’s necessary to be attentive to the needs of guests. That may mean keeping the fridge fully stocked with beverages, but it also means making sure all guests are going to be kept safe during and after the game.

The Wyoming personal injury lawyers of the Ochs Law Firm wants viewers to watch the game responsibly. That will require attentiveness on the part of the host of any Super Bowl party. As lead attorney Jason Ochs explains, this is essential in order to avoid liability for an accident:

“If you’re having people over for the Super Bowl,” said Jason Ochs, “tempers may flare if you have a couple of rival fans who each want their teams to win, but this is probably one of the lesser threats that exist. Overlooked safety hazards include food borne illness, drunk driving, and more, but you can protect your guests from these dangers in a few simple ways. In doing, you also protect yourself from potential liability.”

Before the opening kickoff, make sure that guests are kept safe by exercising the following precautions.

•Don’t (Sea)Hawk Alcohol- Many people use the Super Bowl as an opportunity to indulge in rampant alcohol consumption, but this can be hazardous if all those persons who showed up at a party then drive home.

Hosts must stress the importance of a designated driver. They could even have cabs ready to go transport people home who have had too much to drink. Intoxicated persons should be cut off as necessary and not allowed to drive. To relieve the pressure placed on designated drivers, have non-alcoholic options available.

•Food Left Out Too Long? Don’t (Pay) Try It- With pregame festivities, commercials, and a seemingly endless halftime show, the Super Bowl can stretch far beyond the standard running time of an NFL game. The temptation will be to leave that giant meatball sub or 48-inch pizza out the entire game for people to pick at, but this can lead to food borne illness.

It only takes a couple hours for contaminants to set back into a product, so in addition to thoroughly cooking all items, hosts must make sure to refrigerate food once it’s been set out awhile. Be willing to warm food up in the microwave or oven if people get hungry later in the game.

•Be Wary Of The (Bron)Cold- In Wyoming, even the most carefully planned Super Bowl parties can be undermined by winter weather. Be ready to call off an event if the forecast calls for a blizzard or excessively cold temperature.

Even if snow strikes days or weeks prior, there’s always the chance that people will walk through the runoff. Make sure to clear the driveway and sidewalks to reduce the risk of a slip and fall, and then throw a rug down on a slick entryway so that guests can’t slip on something like a hardwood floor.

•Can’t Spell Forty-Niner Without Fire- If it’s cold out, hosts are going to want to heat their homes, and they need to do so responsibly. Space heaters should be kept away from anything flammable and from any guests who could get so invested in the game that their gesticulations will knock the heater over. There ought to be a guest-free zone in front of the fireplace, and the grate should be in place so that embers can’t drift out.

“No matter who you’re pulling for in the big game,” said Mr. Ochs. “These tips can help everyone pull through in one piece.”

Ochs Law is an award-winning practice recognized by such entities as the American Trial Lawyers Association, Super Lawyers, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. With offices in Wyoming, California, and Colorado, the firm is able to offer representation to victims of personal injury accidents as well as assistance to persons going through divorce, filing class action lawsuits, defending against criminal accusations, and more. By going to the Ochs web domain, visitors can gain access to a free consultation service and a litany of resources geared toward those who are hoping to learn more about legal representation.

The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisement or self-proclaimed expertise. The information provided herein should not be construed to be formal legal advice.

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