Winter Tips

Protect Your Home in the Winter
Adhere to the following tips to ensure that your home is safe for the winter months:
  • Have your furnace checked for winter operation.
  • Have your fireplace flue or wood stove flue cleaned when creosote builds up to one-eighth of an inch.
  • Give space heaters a 36-inch empty space between the heater and anything else, especially combustible things like furniture, drapes, papers and people.
  • Never use an extension cord with a portable heater because it is a common cause of fires.
  • Check cords on appliances and lamps.
  • Replace frayed or cracked cords. If the cord gets hot, have the appliance checked out.
  • Purchase a carbon monoxide detector for your home if fossil fuels (wood, natural gas etc.) are used for heating (furnace, water heater, fireplace, etc.).
  • Store flammable liquids in approved safety containers. Flammable vapors are produced at cool temperatures and can be ignited easily.
  • Make and practice a home escape plan with your family. Knowing what to do if a fire occurs can save your life and the lives of your family. Know two ways out of each living space (living room, kitchen, family room, bedrooms, etc.) and have a meeting place outside.
For more tips, please call The Woodlands Fire Department at 281-367-3444.

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

  • Batteries: Have enough on hand to provide power for flashlights and radios.
  • Food Items: Stock food items that have a long storage life and do not necessarily require cooking. In addition, if you have a liquefied propane (LP) camp / barbecue grill, purchase propane before the storm approaches.
  • Have a Safe Room: Select a room in your house that is free of windows. The room should be large enough for everyone in the house to fit. The safe room is also the place to be if there a tornado warning in The Woodlands.
  • Know Your Insurance Company: If a problem arrives at your home due to weather related problems, knowing your insurance company's agent before can help a great deal in speeding up the insurance claim.
  • Know Your Neighbor: Get to know your neighbors and help each other out. A storm can damage one house and the house next door can go completely unharmed. Good neighbors can assist each other during weather generated disasters.
  • Radio: Have a battery-powered radio in your home to provide your family a source of information during the storm.
  • Secure Your House: Inspect your home for tree branches hanging over your roof. Trim your trees before hurricane season. Secure all large windows and sliding glass doors with plywood or cardboard to help prevent your windows from breaking.
  • Shelter-In-Place: If you stay, high winds, tornadoes and flooding can be extremely hazardous. If you must go out, be sure to tell someone and only go for an emergency.
  • Water Supply: Have plenty of water on hand before the hurricane arrives. Supplies will be limited when a storm is approaching. You should have at least four gallons of water per family of four per day for cooking and drinking.
For more information on hurricane preparedness, please contact The Woodlands Fire Department at 281-367-3444.

Fire Prevention Tips

Smoke Detectors
It is very important that all of your home or businesses smoke detectors are working properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 92 percent of all homes in the U.S. have smoke detectors installed. However, one-third of these detectors do not work. A dead or missing battery is the primary cause for smoke detector failure. The Woodlands Fire Department recommends the following safety tips for smoke detectors.

  • For a wall mount, place 12 inches from the ceiling.
  • For a ceiling mount, place at least 12 inches from any wall.
  • On high pitch ceilings, place three feet from the highest point.
  • Do not install smoke detectors near any window, door, air register or ceiling fan.
  • Place at least one smoke detector on each level with a minimum of one detector outside each sleeping area and one detector in each sleeping room.
  • Change the battery twice a year or when chirping. We suggest you change the battery in the spring and fall when you change the time on your clock.
  • Test your smoke detectors once a month.
  • Vacuum the vents in the detector at least once a year.
  • Always follow the manufacturers recommendations.
  • The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you replace your battery-operated detector every 10 years.

Get Ready

Find out more about The Woodlands Township emergency preparedness program. The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Services Department can schedule presentations in  your home or business to help you prepare.