This weekend, football fans are making plans to gather around the television to watch Super Bowl XLV. Whether people watch the game itself, or just tune in for the commercials, good food is part of their celebration. The American Red Cross has some steps people can follow to make sure illness isn’t part of the party.
If you are sick, stay home. While it’s hard to miss all the fun, act responsibly and stay home to avoid spreading your illness to family and friends.
At the party itself, the most important thing you can do is wash your hands frequently, especially before eating. Super Bowl weekend falls during cold and flu season, so it’s especially important to have everyone wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
Other safety tips you should follow include:
- Use plastic cups or provide a way for people to identify their drinks. Don’t let anyone else drink out of your glass.
- Give every dish a utensil for serving, including those snack dishes like nuts, pretzels, etc. This allows people to spoon out their portion instead of reaching in with their hands. Avoid anything that involves sticking your hands into a bowlful of food.
- Do not share food.
- In the bathroom, make sure there is plenty of soap. Instead of the usual pretty hand towel, use disposable hand towels or a roll of paper towels.
- If you are hosting the party and someone in your household becomes ill, cancel the celebration to avoid the chance of spreading the illness to those in attendance.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, walk away from the crowd and sneeze or cough into a tissue or your sleeve.
So, take your seat, fill your plate, and enjoy the game. And for more information on what you can do to keep your loved ones safe, whether during an emergency, or just watching the Super Bowl, visit www.redcross.com.