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  • In this Sept. 14, 2014, photo, a fan uses an app on a smartphone to order food and drinks at Levi's Stadium during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    In this Sept. 14, 2014, photo, a fan uses an app on a smartphone to order food and drinks at Levi's Stadium during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Published February 05. 2016 04:01PM

Right now about 30 percent of smartphone owners have a cracked screen. Come Sunday, when rambunctious fans come together for the big game in a room full of sticky drinks and greasy food, that number is bound to increase.

According to an online study, 23 million Americans have damaged their cellphone or tablet while watching a sporting event, with 13 percent of accidents resulting from dropping a device in beer, 12 percent from throwing a device out of passion and 8 percent from devices falling off a bar or table.

Here are some damage prevention tips from the mobile device repair company, iDropped, to keep your phone safe during Sunday's big game.

Tips include:

• Watching the game at home with friends? Have everyone keep their phones in one place near the precious TV remote and away from open drinks.

• If your phone happens to get covered in your favorite dip, be sure to wipe it off with an antibacterial cellphone wipe.

• As difficult as it may seem, avoid posting on social media during high-points of the game to prevent your phone from flying out of your hand.

• Prevent damage from spilled drinks by using a protective case that covers the phone's open ports, which acts as a barrier for liquids.

• Weren't able to protect your phone during the game and your screen is cracked? To avoid further damage and protect your skin, place clear packing tape over the screen until you can have it repaired.

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