While summer may already be underway, the July 4th holiday is a Long Island tradition that not only celebrates this nation’s independence but also provides ample opportunity for spending time outdoors and enjoying barbecues that promote a special time with family and friends.
Too frequently this fun-filled day can be marked by distractions that cause accidents and result in injuries to Nassau County residents. County Executive Edward P. Mangano is urging residents to take a few moments to review cautionary tips that can prevent accidents from occurring.
Tips for safety while barbecuing and camping outdoors:• Check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line before using a gas grill. Make sure the tubes that deliver air and gas are not blocked.• Do not overfill the propane tank.• Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.• Never add lighter fluid to an already lit fire as the flame can flashback into the container and explode.• Keep all matches and lighters away from children.• Always supervise children around outdoor grills.• When using a charcoal grill, douse the coals with plenty of water prior to disposing of them. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers. Use a metal container with a sealed lid.• Designate a three foot “safe zone” around your grill to keep away foot traffic• Always barbecue in open areas as carbon monoxide can be produced in enclosed spaces.• Issue safety instructions to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing catches fire. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a burn requires medical attention.
When camping:• Build campfires in an area away from dry grass and leaves, where the fire will not spread.• Keep campfires small and watch them closely so they can be contained.• Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby to douse the fire when you are done. Stir it and douse it again with water.• Never leave campfires unattended.