Hays County ESD No.5

Wildfire and Outdoor Fire Safety

Outdoor Fire Safety Create a safety zone of up to 100 feet around your home. Remove pine needles and dry leaves from around your home. Keep woodpiles at least 30 feet from your home. Know your community’s local evacuation plan. Plan ahead by practicing two ways out of your neighborhood. You should know the evacuation […]

Travel Fire Safety

Fire safety is not typically front of mind for most people when making travel plans, however, fires in hotels and motels are extremely common. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your family safe when staying in hotels and motels. Hotel Fire Safety – Did You Know? Each year, there are an estimated […]

Smoking Fire Safety

Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. These fires caused 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in direct property damage. Smoking materials caused 5% of reported home fires, 21% of home fire deaths, 10% of home fire injuries, and 6% […]

Smoke Alarm Safety

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Smoke Alarm Stats & Facts In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded […]

Severe Weather and Fire Safety

The majority of the U.S. is at risk for severe weather, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Snowstorms, extreme cold, hurricane force winds, torrential rains and flooding, and lightning can all wreak havoc on our daily schedules. Preparing before a disaster strikes and knowing what to do during and after a storm will […]

Home Hazardous Materials

It is important for people to know the steps they can take to keep themselves and their families safe from accidents related to home hazardous materials. Put these safety messages into your own words when talking to people about flammables, household chemicals and batteries on social media. Batteries Used and “dead” batteries can remain a […]

Home Fire Recovery

A fire in a home can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the […]

Holiday Fire Safety

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your home and family safe from fires during […]

Garage and Basement Fire Safety

Garage and basement fires can spread farther and cause more injuries and dollar loss than fires that start in other areas of your home. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your home safe! Garage & Basement Fire Tips Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from your home. […]

Electrical Fire Safety

Electricity helps make our lives easier but there are times when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted.   Electrical malfunction is the leading cause of home fires year after year. Here is everything you need to know about protecting your home and your family! Home Electrical Fires- Did You Know? […]