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It's  a Texas-Sized Super Bowl this weekend and chances are you're either hosting or going to a Super Bowl Party. If you're planning on hosting a party, you're probably preparing food, stocking up on supplies and tidying your home. And you're probably not even thinking about your liability at this party! That's where we come in! It's important to remember the risk you face when hosting an event in your home, especially if there are alcohol and sports involved! But keep these five tips in mind during your celebration.

1) Plan Ahead

Super Bowl Sunday comes smack dab in the middle of winter, so your property is exposed to an entirely new set of seasonal risks. Between potential slick snow and freezing temperatures, our winter weather can create safety hazards on your property, especially slip and fall hazards. If the forecast calls for some wintry weather this weekend (which, in North Texas, as of now, it does not..but you know what they say about the weather in Texas!), give yourself plenty of time before guests arrive to ensure that your driveway, walkway, and any stairs you may have are free of ice or other obstacles to prevent guests from injuring themselves on your property.

2) Know What You're Serving
Did you know that even if you serve food that was prepared by someone else outside of your home, you could still be responsible if a guest becomes ill after consuming it on your property? According to Trusted Choice, you can reduce this risk by using only reputable food vendors and double checking all dishes and setting aside any food that you suspect may be undercooked, contaminated, or spoiled. Follow property food-handling, heating or cooling instruction and storage recommendations. And if you're ever in doubt - THROW IT OUT!

3) Protect Your Goods
That big screen you purchased for the game is beautiful - until it becomes the target of frustration if the right team's not winning! Make sure your electronics are properly mounted and protected and that you've let Davis Dyer Max know about your electronics so we can make sure you're properly covered and protected. And maybe keep a box of towels around so your guests can throw those instead of your knick-knacks if things get out of hand.

4) Offer Transportation
If you have any guests who cannot or should not drive home, invite them to stay overnight or arrange transportation, like a cab or car service, to ensure that they arrive home safely.  Encourage guests planning to drive home to stay and cool down after the game ends. Only serve non-alcoholic beverages and offer them filling food to help them sober up before hitting the road.  Remind them that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road, so they should only get behind the wheel if they are certain that their driving will not put themselves or anyone else at danger.

5) Ignore Your Drunk Friends

Never serve guests who are visibly intoxicated, and stop serving alcohol in the 3rd quarter of the game.  Although it's easy to get caught up in the excitement, it's important to stay alert and always remember your responsibilities as the host.

And it's always a good idea to contact DDM to go over your policies to make sure you have the right coverages to keep you protected.

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