Compassion for Life/Disaster Relief Servants
WHAT TO DO IN A WILDFIRE EMERGENCY AND PREVENTION TIPS
· BURNING TRASH OR BRUSH PILES: First call the local sheriff’s department to make sure there is not a burn ban. It’s best to postpone all burning until the fire danger has subsided. Even when conditions have improved, avoid burning debris on dry, windy days. Burn debris in barrels with metal screens or in small piles in areas cleared of vegetation. Stay with the fire until it is completely extinguished. Have a shovel and water handy.
· PROTECTING YOUR HOME: Keep the yard mowed closely and remove all trash, brush, leaves and combustible materials from within a 30-foot radius of your home. Keep a hose readily available if needed in a hurry. Water the yard, roof and home if a fire is approaching. Contact your local fire department or the Texas Forest Service for additional ways to make your home safer from a wildfire.
· DRIVING: Hot catalytic converters and exhaust systems can cause wildfires. Park and drive only in areas free of dry vegetation. Dragging chains cause sparks, so be careful when towing.
· SMOKING: Extinguish and dispose of smoking materials in your vehicle ashtray only.
· COOKING: Remember coals and ashes are still a fire hazard until they are cold to the touch.
· STORING MATCHES AND LIGHTERS: Keep them out of the reach of children.
· BUILDING CAMPFIRES: Build only in open, level spots away from trees and overhanging branches. Extinguish campfires completely with water. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
· OPERATING AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT: Keep mufflers and spark arresters in proper working order and watch for rocks and metal when using a blade or a mower. Regularly check sealed bearings in round balers for overheating.
· WELDING: Before welding, remove vegetation from the work area or wet it down. Have someone with you to watch for sparks, and keep a shovel and water handy.