Houston is experiencing one of the worst droughts in Texas history. Local areas are under an “exceptional” drought warning, the most extreme of levels. We have seen the effects of this for months from brown grass to dying trees to the wildfires all over the state. Even with the recent rain, many areas are still over two feet below normal rain levels. During conditions like this, fires are even more likely to occur. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:
- Properly discard cigarettes or other smoking material. If possible saturate with water to ensure that it is completely out.
- Do not throw cigarettes or ashes out the window of a vehicle or on the ground… grass and other brush is extremely dry and can easily catch fire.
- When using grills and barbecue pits, make sure to have water or a fire extinguisher nearby. Never leave unattended. Thoroughly douse coals with water when finished.
- Park vehicles so that the exhaust system does not have contact with dry grass, leaves or weeds.
- Make sure trailer chains are properly attached. Dragging can cause sparks to form that may lead to roadside fires.
- There is currently both a smoking ban and a burn ban in effect for city parks… preventing the use of outdoor grills and all other outdoor burning, as well as banning all smoking materials (cigarettes, cigars, etc.). Fines are up to $2,000 per violation.
- If you notice any dead trees or overhanging limbs encroaching on electrical wires, notify the power company.
- Be up-to-date on all restrictions & be safe!