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Touchdowns, Tailgates, and Heat Safety

Stay Safe in the Heat while Cheering Your Team to Victory

What’s a football game without the fans? The people in the stands direct the energy of a football game and often inspire players both on and off the field. In one of our previous blogs, we discussed how coaches and team managers can protect their players from heat-related illnesses as the season ramps up. But heat safety doesn’t stop on the field – it’s also essential for the people supporting the team from their tailgates.

Tailgating is where the true school spirit and camaraderie shines through, as people gather with friends new and old to watch games and cheer their teams on to victory. There are often painted faces, color-coordinated outfits, and lots of cheers. Some people may even follow certain rituals, such as wearing the same lucky jersey or sharing the same pre-game toast and chant. It can be a fantastic way to support teams, but when the activity is held outside in the sunshine, it’s important to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses so you can focus on the big game.

You might be careful about doing specific rituals to improve your team’s chance of winning, but you shouldn’t take ANY chances on your own safety while you’re enjoying the game out in the heat. While football games can get hearts racing and adrenaline pumping, you don’t want to be uncomfortable – or worse, unsafe. Thankfully, there are a few tried-and-true rituals that you can use to stay safe and cool while tailgating before a game:

In addition, you can consider adding another element to your tailgate: portable evaporative coolers. Portacool evaporative coolers can make the difference between a hot tailgate and a fun, cool space to kick back and enjoy time with friends before the game. Evaporative coolers operate using the natural process of evaporation to create cool air, without using too much energy. They’re also easy to move around and can run off a generator, so you can make any tailgate a cool haven before the game.

As this football season kicks off, make sure to protect yourself from the heat while tailgating, and consider making Portacool part of your pre-game rituals to decrease your chance of any heat-related illnesses! For more information on Portacool evaporative cooler options to help you and your fellow fans stay cool in the heat, visit our product page.