How to Safely Tailgate in your Garage

It’s nearly time to break out the jerseys and fire up the grill because the regular NFL football season is just a few weeks away! Regardless of what team you root for, football fans all around the country can agree on one thing: tailgating is an essential part of the experience. Whether your preferred tailgate spot is outside of your team’s stadium or in your own garage, you’ll inevitably encounter a tailgate at least once this football season. However, if you choose to tailgate in the comfort of your own garage, there are a few precautions to take to ensure that your tailgate goes safely and smoothly.

Keep your garage clean and organized

One thing’s for sure: you can’t hold a successful home tailgate if there’s no room in the garage. Keeping your garage clean and organized will not only benefit you during a tailgate, but also in general. The garage can easily become a storage place for homeless household items. The best way to make sure this does not happen is to clean frequently.

One tried and true method of garage organization is to make use of the vertical and ceiling space in your garage. By storing bikes and garden tools on the walls of your garage, they are not only much easier to find, but it also frees up floor space. Storing seasonal decorations in boxes in the space above the garage door is a great idea as well. However, it is important that these items are stored safely and securely in order to avoid a disaster during a tailgate. If these items are off the ground and stored securely, it will ensure plenty of floor space to fit all of your essential tailgating items. After all, what’s a tailgate without a television and ample seating areas?

Read more: Best Garage Storage and Organization Ideas

Make sure the garage door works properly

Nothing ruins a tailgate like a broken garage door. To avoid this, it’s important to make sure that your garage door is in proper working condition. As a general rule, you should be getting your garage door inspected by a professional at least once a year. However, there are a few things you can do yourself to keep your garage door running smoothly. For the most part though, it’s best to leave this work to the professionals.

Read more: What to Consider Before Fixing a Garage Door by Yourself

Safety first

As mentioned earlier, the garage tends to be a dumping spot for items you’re not sure what to do with. Unfortunately, this also tends to include potentially dangerous substances like gasoline, fertilizers, and household cleaners. Before holding a tailgate in your garage, it’s best to rid your garage of these chemicals and clean the floors thoroughly to ensure there are no traces of these substances left. It’s also best that you know how to safely operate a grill, and that you refrain from using a grill in the garage. Stick to grilling in the driveway or on a patio where the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning is less prevalent. Also, always keep a fire extinguisher handy, just in case.

Read more: Why You Shouldn’t Grill Inside your Garage

If you’re planning on having a large group of family or friends over for your tailgate, it’s probably a good idea to let your neighbors know what’s going on. You don’t want to have to break up your tailgate because of some noise complaints. Finally, if your guests are drinking, make sure they consume responsibly or that you have other forms of transportation for them at the end of the game.

Following these tips is a foolproof way to score a touchdown with your next tailgate. We hope you have safe and successful football season!