County Executive

Posted on: June 22, 2017

Mangano And Fire Marshal Offer Summer Safety Tips

With summer officially underway, residents will be spending more time outdoors and enjoying the warm weather with family and friends. With barbecues, fire pits, fireworks and other activities being commonplace, it’s easy for accidents to happen and injuries to occur.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office today issued the following summer safety tips for residents that can help prevent accidents from occurring:

  • Use outdoor grills with care. Maintain a 3 foot “ring of safety” around the grill to prevent tipping and burn injuries to children and others. Never add fuel to a burning or smoldering fire. Allow grills to cool completely before storing or covering.
  • Check propane tanks for leaks before using. A solution of soap and water on the valve and connections will reveal leaks with bubbles. If leaks are observed, do not light the grill.
  • Use and store pool chemicals with great care and in strict accordance with manufacturer’s directions.
  • Use and store fuel for lawnmowers and other equipment in approved and properly marked fuel containers only. Never add fuel to running or hot equipment.
  • Never run generators inside a structure or enclosed area (such as an open garage). Dangerous Carbon Monoxide will cause injuries and can cause death. Use generators outside only. Never add fuel to a running or hot generator.
  • Keep an eye out for dangerous weather conditions. Summer storms can develop quickly. If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning. Seek shelter and allow the storm to pass.
  • In power failures avoid the use of candles. Battery operated lights and lanterns provide the highest degree of safety.
  • Monitor outdoor recreational fires, and fire pits at all times. Follow all local rules in regard to this activity. Burn wood or fire logs only. Never throw paper or plastic trash, cans, bottles or containers into a burning fire. Extinguish the fire completely with water before leaving the area.
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals. The private purchase and use of fireworks in Nassau County is prohibited. Stay safe, and enjoy an organized, public show with your family.

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