The TCEQ Outdoor Burning Rule first prohibits outdoor burning anywhere in Texas, and then allows exceptions for specific situations in which burning is necessary or does not pose a threat to the environment. The rule also prescribes conditions that must be met to protect the environment and avoid other adverse impacts when burning is allowed. If burning seems necessary, but the situation does not fit an exception stated in the rule, then it is possible to request a special authorization to conduct burning from the TCEQ.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding outdoor burning, please call the Henderson County Fire Marshal's Office at 903-675-6157. Thank you.
If you hear the outdoor warning siren, that means that something life-threating is happening and you should immediately go indoors and get more information. Check with your local news agency or visit this site for news updates. Majority of activated sirens sound for tornadoes headed towards the local area or severe storms with winds that exceed 70 mph.
In the event of a tornado:
If you are not in a sturdy building, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include:
In all situations:
A small fire can grow into a deadly one within one or two minutes. To help prevent a tragedy, closely inspect your home to eliminate potential hazards. Prepare your home for an emergency, and teach your family about the dangers of fire and how to escape.
Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom.
Plan and practice several escape routes and a safe place to meet outside.
Eliminate other potential hazards.
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