To help raise wildfire safety awareness,
Lisa Carey with Houston Examiner has offered the following tips for Texans:
- Sign up for notifications of emergencies in your area through the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) Emergency Notification System. This service is available only to Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson Counties.
- Grab your hurricane emergency kit and follow proper evacuation procedures for your area when an evacuation is called for.
- Refrain from seemingly harmless things like outdoor grilling, dragging safety chains behind a trailer, welding and building campfires, activities that can accidentally start a dangerous wildfire.
- Do not burn on œred flag or windy days, and think twice before burning outdoors.
- Keep your grass mowed short.
- Keep hoses where you can reach them in case of an accidental spark.
- Put flammable liquids and combustibles in a safe place and make sure they are stored in the proper containers.
- Store lighters and matches out of reach of children.
- Clear roof surfaces and gutters.