FAQ

  • Burn Bans

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  • There is currently no burn ban in effect in Harris County.

    The outdoor burning rule prohibits outdoor burning anywhere in Texas, but allows exceptions for specific situations in which burning is necessary and does not pose a threat to the environment. For a guide to outdoor burning including information about how to answer "Can I Burn?" please download the following document.

  • Laws on Fireworks

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  • Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the holiday season. But fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burn and eye injuries. Even though it is legal to buy, possess, and use consumer fireworks (1.4G) in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, there are some places you cannot use fireworks even in the unincorporated county. If celebrating with fireworks is legal in your area, and you decide to use them, please be aware of the following:

    A person may NOT:

    Explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, a hospital other than a veterinary hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization; You must have the written permission with you at the site, and available for inspection by any peace officer or fire marshal. - 2154.251 (a)(1)

    Sell at retail, explode, or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored and dispensed. - 2154.251 (a)(2)

    Explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold - 2154.251 (a)(3)

    Ignite or discharge fireworks in or from a motor vehicle. - 2154.251 (a)(4)

    Place ignited fireworks in, or throw ignited fireworks at, a motor vehicle. - 2154.251 (a)(5)

    Use fireworks, pyrotechnics, or flame effects inside any building without a permit from the County Fire Marshal. - 2154.253 (b)

  • Smoke Detector Maintenance

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  • Smoke detector batteries should last at least one year under normal conditions.

    Residential fire deaths have decreased steadily as the number of homes with smoke detectors has increased. Reports from the National Fire Protection Association on residential fire deaths show that people have nearly a 50 percent better chance of surviving a fire if their home has the recommended number of smoke detectors.

    Smoke detectors that are 10 years old are near the end of their service life and should be replaced. A smoke detector monitors the air 24 hours a day. At the end of 10 years, it has gone through over 3.5 million monitoring cycles. After this much use, components may become less reliable. This means that as the detector gets older, the potential of failing to detect a fire increases. Replacing them after 10 years reduces this possibility.