By now you likely have a game plan for Sunday’s festivities and you’re simply waiting for Sunday. However, as the few remaining days until the big game pass, safety becomes the focal issue for local law enforcement, insurance agents, eateries and casinos. Here are a few things to keep in mind if:
You're a Gracious Host
Never rule out the possibility of an accident.
“There are a variety of situations or accidents that can occur that could put a serious damper on your party,” Robert Villegas, Media Relations Specialist for State Farm, said. “What if someone slips and falls, requires medical attention, or has too much to drink, then drives, and causes an accident? These situations are unpleasant to think about when planning a party, but homeowners should always make sure they are prepared for worst case scenarios.”
Villegas said most homeowners policies cover bodily injury, property damage and will provide for legal defense if a homeowner is sued in civil court “as a result of an occurrence that is covered by the policy.” He said an Umbrella Policy can offer an additional level of support for a homeowner if needed, but avoiding an accident largely falls on the shoulders of the homeowner.
“Warn guests to pay attention to any hazards on the property that they should avoid or take them by surprise; such as steep steps or a hole in the ground,” Villegas said. “Take special care of items on the property that may attract children, like a swing set or tree house, and reinforce to guests that their children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.”
Villegas said providing adequate lighting, appointing or identifying designated drivers and preparing to have overnight guests are also ways to avoid accident on Sunday.
You're Out to Make Some Money
Proposition wagers are very popular and appear in bunches during the Super Bowl. The William Hill Race and Sports Book inside John Ascuaga’s Nugget has more than 200 individual bets on its board for Sunday’s game.
Twenty-three of the prop bets revolve around University of Nevada, Reno graduate Colin Kaepernick, including total completions, rushing yards, longest completion and whether he will complete his first pass of the game for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Nugget’s sports book will also feature in-game betting and Gabe’s Pub and Deli, located adjacent to the sports book will host Super Bowl specials such as a bucket of Coronas for $15, Jager shots for $3 and a pitcher of Negra Modela and nachos for $12. Purchasing any of those deals during the first half of the game will automatically enter you to win prizes during halftime, including a Corona Beach Cruiser, dart boards, hammocks, t-shirts, and more handed out by The Corona Girls. One floor above the pub specials, Nugget visitors playing Blackjack on Sunday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be entered into a drawing to win an official Colin Kaepernick jersey.
You're the Official Grill-master
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), flammable or combustible gas or liquid was the item first ignited in half of home outdoor grill fires. The NFPA chose to collaborate with ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Hannah Storm, who was badly burned on her face, chest, neck and hands in a grill fire in December 2012, to stress the importance of using caution while grilling.
“Fires and burn injuries are not only traumatic for the person, but for the family and community as well,” Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications at NFPA, said. “Hannah is very courageous to share the personal details of her fire experience and burn injury to remind the public to take steps to prevent fires and avoid injuries.”
Carli said the key tactic when grilling is: if the flame goes out, immediately turn off the gas and the grill, and wait at least 15 minutes before trying to re-light it.
“It is important to tell and share this story because it was a very simple mistake that I made, but it was a very common mistake,” Storm told the NFPA after returning to ESPN on January 1. “People all over the world grill and they grill all the time, and most of the people that I know really don't understand the proper procedures.”
Carli said Super Bowl Sunday also marks the first day of Burn Awareness Week for 2013. The week is an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to spread a message of fire safety throughout local communities.
You're Looking For a Family Outing
Not looking for a packed sports bar full of enthused 49ers fans toasting pitchers of beer in the air? The University of Nevada, Reno’s Cantina del Lobo will offer special Sunday hours for game day.
The restaurant is located on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union at the UNR campus and is sure to be hosting a sea of Nevada blue and San Francisco red. The Cantina offers an alcohol-free environment and is equipped with several big-screen televisions to view the game.
A visit to the Cantina also allows folks to visit the former stomping grounds of Kaepernick, the eighth Wolf Pack football player to make it to the Super Bowl. Cantina del Lobo will open at 2:30 p.m. and free parking is available at the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex across from the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and in the metered spots located out front of the student union.
You're Planning to Leave the House
Super Bowl Sunday equals alcohol consumption. It’s no secret. The Nevada Highway Patrol, through the Joining Forces grant, has partnered with Reno and Sparks police departments and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to place additional patrol vehicles on local roads.
Trooper Chuck Allen, public information officer for NHP, said it is obvious to all law enforcement departments that local residents will be out driving after consuming alcohol. He said the additional patrol units will be out beginning Sunday afternoon and will continue late into the evening.
“We definitely see a higher rate of DUI stops on Super Bowl Sunday than we see on any other Sunday during the year,” Allen said Friday. “Historically we do get quite a few arrests on Super Bowl Sunday. We know that people are going to indulge on food and beverages and with the game being about a five-hour engagement we want people to be conscious of how much alcohol they consume.”
Allen said avoiding drinking and driving is the most important piece of the Super Bowl puzzle and he cited public transportation, including taxis, buses or limousines, as a way to plan a safe ride home ahead of time. He stressed that driving under the influence is a “preventable crime” that can be easily avoided.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a preventable crime, yet everyday at least one person is arrested in Washoe County for this offense,” Allen said. “If you plan on consuming any amount of alcohol, don’t operate a motor vehicle. And, if you are hosting a party, please be sure no one leaves the event after consuming alcohol without a safe ride home.”
Allen said a common mistake for drivers during major celebrations such as Super Bowl Sunday is turning the keys over to the least inebriated person in a group.