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Click HERE to learn more from Harris County Public Health

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Keeping Your Cool in Summer Heat

We can expect the heat index to be dangerously high again this week. Plan to be safe everyday. Sunscreen is a must! And don’t forget, your pets will suffer from extreme heat too – keep them indoors as much as possible. CLICK HERE for more summer safety tips.

High heat means high energy usage across the State of Texas. By reducing your power usage just a little during the peak hours between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, you can make a big difference for everyone. For information on how to help reduce your power usage, CLICK HERE. You can also track power outage information with the CenterPoint Energy Outage Tracker.

When temperatures soar, beating the heat can be a real challenge. A trip to the mall or taking in the latest movie are just a couple of ways to find some relief. Harris County Public Libraries can be great places to enjoy cool air and start a new adventure with a book. CLICK HERE to find a location near you!

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will update this page as needed. CLICK HERE for weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.

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Burn Ban in Effect for Harris County

Harris County Commissioners Court enacted a burn ban due to an increased threat of wildfires across unincorporated Harris County. Here's what that means:

  • No outdoor burning is allowed except in an enclosure which contains all flames and/or sparks, outdoor burning activities authorized by TCEQ, approved ceremonial fires, non-commercial cooking, such as backyard cook-outs barbeques are also allowed in approved containers, as is welding and other “hot work” performed in accordance with county fire code requirements.
  • Burning in violation of the court order is a Class “C” misdemeanor, punishable for up to a $500 fine. Any peace officer can issue a citation for violation of Section 352.081 of the Local Government Code. You are responsible for any damage caused by a fire you start.
  • Use extreme caution when cooking outdoors. A small spark or burning ember can ignite dry vegetation. Winds will fan the flames and spread the fire rapidly.
  • Remove combustibles within 30 feet of any controlled fire or hot work. A small, controlled fire can easily spread quickly and become an out-of-control, dangerous fire.
  • If you see an unattended fire, call 9-1-1 and notify your local fire department immediately. Even a small fire can spread quickly and threaten people and property.
  • This burn ban will not impact the sale of fireworks this Fourth of July season

For more information, click here.

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