Here is some helpful and timely information from the Texas Forest Service. I won’t list all 50 things here, but please click on the link either at the top or the bottom of the page for the complete list. I think I’m going to go out and get a NOAA Weather Alert radio today. It never occurred to me that they announce different types of emergencies.
50 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Home
No Cost, Just A Little Time
• Move your firewood pile out to your home’s defensible space.
• Perform a FIREWISE assessment of your home.
• Clean your roof and gutters of leaves and pine needles.
• Clear the view of your house number so it can be easily seen from the street.
• Put a hose on a rack and attach it to an outside faucet.
• Trim all tree branches if they overhang your house.
• Trim all tree branches from within 20′ of all chimneys.
• Remove trees along the driveway to make it 12′ wide.
• Prune branches overhanging the driveway to have 14′ overhead clearance.
• Maintain a green lawn for 30′ around your home.
• If new homes are still being built in your area, talk to the developer and local
zoning officials about building standards.
• Plan and discuss an escape plan with your family, have practice drills, and include
• Get involved with your community’s disaster mitigation plans.
• Check your fire extinguishers. Are they still charged? Are they easy to get to in
an emergency? Does everyone in the family know where they are and how to use
• Clear deadwood and dense flammable vegetation from your home’s defensible
• Remove conifer shrubs from your home’s defensible space especially if your
home is in a high-risk area.
• Review your homeowner’s insurance policy for adequate coverage.
• Talk to your children about not starting fires or playing with matches.
• If you have a burn barrel that you use for burning trash, STOP!
• Compost leaves in the fall, don’t burn them.
• If you burn your brush piles or grass in the spring, get a burning permit.
• Always have a shovel on hand and hook up the garden hose BEFORE you start a
• Never burn if the smoke and flames are blowing towards your home (or your
• Be a Firewise advocate.
For the complete list, please go to the Texas Forest Service website.