Texas Wildfires: 50 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Home

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

your pets.

• 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

neighbor’s home).

• Be a Firewise advocate.

For the complete list, please go to the Texas Forest Service website.

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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