Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:38 AM EST2009-01-21 16:38:31 GMT
Officials with the Governor's Division of Emergency Management urged Texans to take extra precautions this year to avoid the threat of wildfires. High winds and dry conditions can set the stage for potentially severe fires.More >>
Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:36 AM EST2009-01-21 16:36:32 GMT
Wildland fires pose a threat throughout Texas, especially when dry weather conditions combine with high winds and extreme temperatures. Whether you live near open grassland, in a suburban area on the edge of town or in a forested area, fire can threaten your home.More >>
Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:33 AM EST2009-01-21 16:33:58 GMT
Farm and ranch families and citizens living in rural areas can help protect their property during potentially severe wildfire seasons by taking precautions before wildland fires break out. Fire experts advise clearing a 30-to-50-foot space around homes and other buildings. Keep grass mowed down whether it is dormant or still green.More >>
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From news release:
Governor's Division of Emergency Management WILDFIRE awareness: HOUSE PROTECTION TIPS
AUSTIN - Fire protection for your house and safety for your family can be increased if you follow some key guidelines before dry weather and high winds bring the threat of wildfires to your area.
Choose fire resistant materials and protective roofing. Stone, brick and metal provide more protection than wood.
Cover all vents coming out of attics and eaves with metal mesh screens. Mesh size should be no larger than six millimeters or ¼ inch to stop debris from collecting in the vents. This also helps keep sparks out.
Install multi-pane windows, tempered safety glass or fireproof shutters to protect large windows from radiant heat.
Use fire-resistant draperies for added window protection.
Have chimneys, wood stoves and home heating systems inspected and cleaned annually by a certified specialist.
Insulate chimneys and place spark arresters on top. Chimneys should be three feet above the roof.