More than 100 counties in Texas have had to put in place burning bans to prevent wildfires.
HOUSTON — Burn bans have been issued for several Houston-area counties in response to moderate to severe drought conditions.
In fact, more than 100 counties in Texas had to put in place burning bans to prevent wildfires.
Burning bans generally impact outdoor fires, including trash burning, campfires, burn barrels and other open flame devices.
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The hot, dry weather has become such a concern that several regions have warned against the use of fireworks for the upcoming July 4 holiday.
But we may soon get some relief with a chance of rain in the forecast for next week. This will bring temperatures closer to normal by the end of the month.
Burn Bans in Greater Houston Area Counties
- Curvature of the fort
- San Jacinto
How to stay safe in the heat
Porfirio Villarreal, spokesperson for Houston Department of Healthsaid the most dangerous time to be outdoors is between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. He recommends exercising early in the morning or late at night.
People working outdoors should take breaks in the shade or air conditioning every hour if possible. Light, loose clothing is the best option for staying cool.
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Villarreal also said to watch older adults and very young children and to avoid leaving people or pets in cars.
- To drink a lot of water.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and use sunscreen.
- Look for air conditioning. If you’re away from home, consider visiting malls, movie theaters, or libraries.
How to Treat Heat Exhaustion
- Move to a cool place
- Loosen or take off your clothes
- Use cool, damp cloths or take a cool bath
- Sipping water or drinks containing electrolytes
- If you vomit or cannot calm down, see a doctor
Heat exhaustion can then lead to heatstroke when the body is no longer able to produce sweat, meaning it cannot cool itself. Your body temperature can rise to 106 degrees or more in 10 to 15 minutes.