Mangano Offers Safety Tips For Cooking Outdoors This July 4th

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.