Tailgating is an American tradition that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together in the celebration and support of a sports team. Food, drinks, and fun are always promised at a tailgate, along with a healthy spirit of competition and anticipation of exciting games. One of the biggest reasons for tailgating is college football. As the NCAA football season begins heating up, keep in mind a few tailgating safety tips:


  • Respect the grill. Whether you are using a gas grill or a charcoal grill, be cautious and respectful of the flames. A grill is very dangerous when not handled properly, and if not set up in a stable position, it could be knocked over by overenthusiastic tailgaters. For everyone's safety, make sure the grill is in a good location and always supervised by at least one person.


  • Drink responsibly. Alcohol is often enjoyed at tailgates, and there's nothing inherently wrong with a group of friends enjoying beer together. If you drink too much, however, the likelihood of injuring yourself or others increases greatly and can lead to legal action in serious cases.


  • Be aware of your surroundings. Most tailgates take place in a parking lot, and cars are constantly driving up and down the rows looking for a place to set up their own party. Check for approaching cars before moving across the parking lot, and don't let yourself get hit due to a lack of attention.


To learn more about tailgating safety or to find out what to do in the case of injury, contact Ohio Injury Law today.