How To Stay Safe While Tailgating In Washington, DC
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Whether tailgating at FedEx Field, a downtown bar or at a pal’s house, it isn’t always best to throw caution to the wind. While having fun and supporting the Washington Redskins is important, it’s also just as important to stay safe. Follow these tips to have an enjoyable yet risk-free tailgate experience.
From keg stands to beer pong, there are plenty of games to keep everyone of drinking age entertained before the big game. While it’s easy to get carried away, it’s important to remember to keep track of how much you drink. Instead of taking shots or guzzling down copious amounts of beer, take your time and enjoy it. Throw in a glass of water after every other drink or so and remember to eat something before you start drinking. Don’t accept drinks from strangers and refrain from providing alcoholic beverages to someone who is under 21 or appears to be under the influence of a few too many drinks.
Whether you plan on drinking or not, it is important to figure out how you are going to get to and from the game. Set up a carpool and pick a friend to be a designated driver. This designated friend can then sign up inside the stadium for a chance to win two Redskins prize packs among other instant rewards. Or, let a friend or family member know of your plans for the day and see if they can come pick you up if you’re too intoxicated to drive. If you’re meeting friends at the stadium, use public transportation like Metro or a taxi and make sure you have plenty of cash on hand to get you home. When you’re at the game, always let someone know of your whereabouts to prevent being left behind.
Yes, the excitement and adrenaline may be flowing, however it’s best to refrain from any behavior or activity that’s bound to get you kicked out of the tailgate lot. Such behaviors include foul or inappropriate language, rude gestures, fighting, taunting and public intoxication. Never bring any kind of illegal drugs or weapons with you to a tailgate lot or the stadium. At the game, remember to be courteous and respectful no matter how much you don’t like the Cowboys or Eagles fan sitting next to you. If you notice any unruly or overly intoxicated fan either at the game or in a tailgate lot, then text the word “SKINS” to 69050 or call (301) 276-6100.
Disposing trash in the proper receptacles is not only good for the environment, it also helps keep people and car tires safe from broken beer bottles. Keep a box of trash bags handy and encourage your friends to throw all trash in the bags. Don’t forget to dump out your grill prior to going home. Ash dumpsters are provided throughout each parking lot for your convenience and safety. Ensure that the grill is completely cooled down prior to disposing charcoal or ash. Never place a hot grill on or near a car. Should someone in your group need medical attention, FedEx Field maintains first-aid stations near the elevator towers in sections 103, 125, 303, 324, 403 and 430.
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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.