Just because summer is winding down doesn’t mean that tailgating season is over. Here in Wisconsin, sports fans throw on a few more layers of clothing to continue the parking lot parties into the dead of winter. Whether it be college or professional football games, Wisconsin has sports galore with plenty of tailgating opportunities. You should always remember summer tailgating safety, but tailgating in the fall and winter has its own unique hazards that you should be aware of.
- Even though the weather may be cooler, it’s always wise to drink plenty of water. Drinking alcohol can easily lead to dehydration, so drinking water is always a good decision.
- Bundle up! Drinking alcohol makes you feel warmer, but in fact it lowers your core body temperature. According to the Discovery Channel Web site, alcohol causes your blood vessels to dilate, which moves warm blood closer to the surface of your skin. This makes your skin feel warmer, but that heat is being lost through your skin, therefore lowering your core temperature. Hypothermia is dangerous and can sneak up on you, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pack on those layers!
- Even though it may be cold and you’ll have plenty of layers on, it’s important to wear sunscreen on the areas of your skin that are exposed. UV rays can be more harmful when radiating off aluminum bleachers and/or a layer of snow, so always use sunscreen to protect your skin.
- Always be conscious of your surroundings and use a designated driver. Did you know that a DUI stays on your record and affects your auto insurance premiums for 5 years? Make sure your designated driver is responsible and sober.
Football games in Wisconsin are always fun, but responsibility is not something to be overlooked. Have fun and stay safe!