Harris County Fire Marshal

Harris County Fire Marshal Our mission is to safeguard the lives and property of residents in the unincorporated areas of Harris County through effective fire prevention, fire investigation, education, and emergency response.
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It's #SafetySunday! The grill should be placed well away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and over...
07/18/2021

It's #SafetySunday! The grill should be placed well away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. #FireSafety #FirePrevention

It's #SafetySunday! The grill should be placed well away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. #FireSafety #FirePrevention

Today, HCFMO assisted Spring Fire Department at a chemical incident at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown. 39 people refused tr...
07/17/2021

Today, HCFMO assisted Spring Fire Department at a chemical incident at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown. 39 people refused transport and 26 people transported to area hospitals.

Chemicals believed to be involved hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid. An investigation into the cause of this incident is ongoing.

A special thank you to all first responders who assisted including Atascocita Fire Department, South East Texas Regional Advisory Council, Cypress Creek EMS, Harris County Public Health, and other #mutualaid partners.

Today, HCFMO assisted Spring Fire Department at a chemical incident at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown. 39 people refused transport and 26 people transported to area hospitals.

Chemicals believed to be involved hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid. An investigation into the cause of this incident is ongoing.

A special thank you to all first responders who assisted including Atascocita Fire Department, South East Texas Regional Advisory Council, Cypress Creek EMS, Harris County Public Health, and other #mutualaid partners.

It's #StatisticSaturday! Did you know that in roughly 1 of every 5 grill fires, the grill was not clean? Always clean yo...
07/17/2021

It's #StatisticSaturday! Did you know that in roughly 1 of every 5 grill fires, the grill was not clean? Always clean your grill before and after every use.

#FireSafety #FirePrevention

It's #StatisticSaturday! Did you know that in roughly 1 of every 5 grill fires, the grill was not clean? Always clean your grill before and after every use.

#FireSafety #FirePrevention

It's #FireFactFriday! JULY is the peak month for grilling fires. GRILL SAFE by following our #FireSafety tips throughout...
07/16/2021

It's #FireFactFriday! JULY is the peak month for grilling fires. GRILL SAFE by following our #FireSafety tips throughout the month.

#FirePrevention

It's #FireFactFriday! JULY is the peak month for grilling fires. GRILL SAFE by following our #FireSafety tips throughout the month.

#FirePrevention

Join HCFMO Lt. Spencer JULY 20th as she teams up with @CrimeStopHOU for a LIVE interview about arson scams and how to pr...
07/16/2021

Join HCFMO Lt. Spencer JULY 20th as she teams up with @CrimeStopHOU for a LIVE interview about arson scams and how to protect your family from unintended fires. Register at: https://crime-stoppers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvf-yrqz4sG9R3SnybihL-fmlmC_Cnwr8o

#Arson

Join HCFMO Lt. Spencer JULY 20th as she teams up with @CrimeStopHOU for a LIVE interview about arson scams and how to protect your family from unintended fires. Register at: https://crime-stoppers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvf-yrqz4sG9R3SnybihL-fmlmC_Cnwr8o

#Arson

Deputy Chief Weston fearlessly leads HCFMO's Investigations Division that is responsible for determining the origin and ...
07/15/2021

Deputy Chief Weston fearlessly leads HCFMO's Investigations Division that is responsible for determining the origin and cause of fires and explosions in #HarrisCounty. When the possibility of criminal intent exists, his team of investigators collect evidence and file criminal charges with the appropriate court jurisdiction.

Read his blog post for Crime Stoppers of Houston entitled "Detecting Arson and Fraud Associated with Fire" at https://crime-stoppers.org/detecting-arson-and-fraud-associated-with-fire/

#Arson

Deputy Chief Weston fearlessly leads HCFMO's Investigations Division that is responsible for determining the origin and cause of fires and explosions in #HarrisCounty. When the possibility of criminal intent exists, his team of investigators collect evidence and file criminal charges with the appropriate court jurisdiction.

Read his blog post for Crime Stoppers of Houston entitled "Detecting Arson and Fraud Associated with Fire" at https://crime-stoppers.org/detecting-arson-and-fraud-associated-with-fire/

#Arson

07/15/2021

It's #NationalPetSafetyDay! Remember, pets should ALWAYS be included in your fire evacuation plan. Watch this week's 60 Second Safety episode for more tips to keep your fur-baby safe. #FirePrevention #FireSafety #PetSafety

Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day! Check out these tips from NFPA on how to make sure your pets don't cause a fire i...
07/15/2021

Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day! Check out these tips from NFPA on how to make sure your pets don't cause a fire in your home. It's also important to make sure you consider your pets when creating your home escape plan! #nationalpetsafetyday #petsafety https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/PetSafetyTips.ashx

Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day! Check out these tips from NFPA on how to make sure your pets don't cause a fire in your home. It's also important to make sure you consider your pets when creating your home escape plan! #nationalpetsafetyday #petsafety https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/PetSafetyTips.ashx

The #HarrisCounty Virtual Career Fair is HAPPENING NOW until 2pm! Log on to learn more about career opportunities availa...
07/14/2021

The #HarrisCounty Virtual Career Fair is HAPPENING NOW until 2pm! Log on to learn more about career opportunities available at HCFMO!

The #HarrisCounty Virtual Career Fair is HAPPENING NOW until 2pm! Log on to learn more about career opportunities available at HCFMO!

It's that time of month again to TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS! Smoke alarms should be tested monthly so take some time this we...
07/10/2021

It's that time of month again to TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS! Smoke alarms should be tested monthly so take some time this weekend to test each one in your home by pressing the "Test" button. This small action could save your life!
#FireSafety #FirePrevention #SmokeAlarmSafety

It's that time of month again to TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS! Smoke alarms should be tested monthly so take some time this weekend to test each one in your home by pressing the "Test" button. This small action could save your life!
#FireSafety #FirePrevention #SmokeAlarmSafety

It was a busy fireworks season. The HCFMO Prevention Division inspected 470 fireworks stands and 26 fireworks stores. Th...
07/08/2021

It was a busy fireworks season. The HCFMO Prevention Division inspected 470 fireworks stands and 26 fireworks stores. The Investigations Division responded to 29 fireworks related incidents, three of those were fireworks injuries. Total, there was $178,329 in property loss.

It was a busy fireworks season. The HCFMO Prevention Division inspected 470 fireworks stands and 26 fireworks stores. The Investigations Division responded to 29 fireworks related incidents, three of those were fireworks injuries. Total, there was $178,329 in property loss.

The HCFMO Hazardous Materials Response Team recently conducted refresher training on solving problems with railroad cars...
07/08/2021

The HCFMO Hazardous Materials Response Team recently conducted refresher training on solving problems with railroad cars. The HAZMAT team participates in year round training to ensure they are prepared to respond to all types of emergencies. #Hazmat #Training

07/08/2021

ICYMI: It's that time of month again to TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS! Properly installing, testing, & maintaining your smoke alarms can increase your chances of surviving a home fire. Check out this week's 60 Sec. Safety episode with Inspector Tom Petty.

#FireFactFriday #FireSafety

In observance of Independence Day, the HCFMO Administrative Offices will remain closed until Tuesday, July 6th, 2021. We...
07/05/2021

In observance of Independence Day, the HCFMO Administrative Offices will remain closed until Tuesday, July 6th, 2021. We hope you have a fire-safe, long weekend with your family! #HarrisCounty

In observance of Independence Day, the HCFMO Administrative Offices will remain closed until Tuesday, July 6th, 2021. We hope you have a fire-safe, long weekend with your family! #HarrisCounty

ICYMI: We're a few hours away from the 1st professional fireworks display in #HarrisCounty! Remember, attending professi...
07/05/2021

ICYMI: We're a few hours away from the 1st professional fireworks display in #HarrisCounty! Remember, attending professional fireworks displays is the BEST way to keep your family SAFE around fireworks this Independence Day! #FireSafety #FirePrevention

ICYMI: We're a few hours away from the 1st professional fireworks display in #HarrisCounty! Remember, attending professional fireworks displays is the BEST way to keep your family SAFE around fireworks this Independence Day! #FireSafety #FirePrevention

If you choose to use consumer fireworks, remember to DISPOSE of spent fireworks by soaking them in water and disposing i...
07/04/2021

If you choose to use consumer fireworks, remember to DISPOSE of spent fireworks by soaking them in water and disposing in a metal trash can away from combustible material and your residence. #FireSafety #FirePrevention #FireworksSafety

If you choose to use consumer fireworks, remember to DISPOSE of spent fireworks by soaking them in water and disposing in a metal trash can away from combustible material and your residence. #FireSafety #FirePrevention #FireworksSafety

07/04/2021

ICYMI: Throughout the #HarrisCounty fireworks season, don't forget about your pets. Noise from fireworks can make pets anxious and afraid. Make them more comfortable by following Fire Marshal @Chiefllc's tips for pets this Fourth of July.
#FireSafety #FirePrevention

07/04/2021

The SAFEST way to protect your family from the dangers of fireworks is to attend professional fireworks displays. Last year, HCFMO responded to 141 fireworks related incidents, so if you choose to use consumer fireworks, please do so safely!
#HarrisCounty #FireSafety

07/04/2021

ICYMI: Happy FOURTH OF JULY! Let's make this Independence Day a holiday not a hazard by following the fireworks tips in 60 Safety Seconds with Inspector Petty! #FireSafety #FirePrevention #FireworksSafety

07/04/2021

ICYMI: Did you know that in 2020, HCFMO responded to 141 fireworks related incidents in #HarrisCounty?

Consumer fireworks are pretty to look at, but they're also EXTREMELY dangerous and can cause significant damage to property and people! Watch as Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen discusses fireworks safety tips to keep your family safe this Independence Day! #FireSafety #FirePrevention

It's been TWO YEARS since we've celebrated as we normally do for Fourth of July! Let's bring back in-person celebrations...
07/04/2021

It's been TWO YEARS since we've celebrated as we normally do for Fourth of July! Let's bring back in-person celebrations but LEAVE BEHIND these 2019 statistics! If you choose to use consumer fireworks, please properly use them by reading their warning labels. #HarrisCounty

It's been TWO YEARS since we've celebrated as we normally do for Fourth of July! Let's bring back in-person celebrations but LEAVE BEHIND these 2019 statistics! If you choose to use consumer fireworks, please properly use them by reading their warning labels. #HarrisCounty

Improperly discarded fireworks started this house fire. NEVER place discarded firworks in plastic trash cans and place t...
07/04/2021

Improperly discarded fireworks started this house fire.

NEVER place discarded firworks in plastic trash cans and place them in the garage.

In order to protect your home and family, place used firworks in a bucket of water and store away from the home. Have a fire-safe 4th of July!

At approximately 23:20pm last night Highlands Fire Department along with mutual aid from Crosby Fire Department, Channelview Fire Department, and Sheldon Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 200 Block of Inwood Ln. Crews arrived on scene in just minutes to find the house with heavy fire showing. Crews extinguished the fire quickly and no injuries were reported. The fire was investigated by Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and was caused by improper disposal of fireworks into a plastic trash can. We want to remind everyone to be safe when using fireworks and ensure they are soaked in a bucket of water before disposing of them. Prayers to the family in the loss of their home and pet.

Happy Fourth of July! Make this Independence Day a holiday, NOT A HAZARD by preparing, igniting and disposing of firewor...
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth of July! Make this Independence Day a holiday, NOT A HAZARD by preparing, igniting and disposing of fireworks properly by using all the tips we've discussed all week! #FireSafety #FireworksSafety #FirePrevention

Happy Fourth of July! Make this Independence Day a holiday, NOT A HAZARD by preparing, igniting and disposing of fireworks properly by using all the tips we've discussed all week! #FireSafety #FireworksSafety #FirePrevention

It's #StatisticSaturday! Sparklers may seem like a safe way the littles can participate in the festivities, but did you ...
07/03/2021

It's #StatisticSaturday! Sparklers may seem like a safe way the littles can participate in the festivities, but did you know they account for 28% of all fireworks related injuries and burn 6x hotter than boiling water? Instead, let them celebrate with silly string and glowsticks.

It's #StatisticSaturday! Sparklers may seem like a safe way the littles can participate in the festivities, but did you know they account for 28% of all fireworks related injuries and burn 6x hotter than boiling water? Instead, let them celebrate with silly string and glowsticks.

HCFMO inspectors are working to ensure all fireworks stands are permitted and in compliance with all fire and life safet...
07/02/2021

HCFMO inspectors are working to ensure all fireworks stands are permitted and in compliance with all fire and life safety codes. HCFMO inspectors came across this stand yesterday and helped the owner obtain a permit and ensured his stand was in compliance. His stand is now open and ready to sell fireworks to the public.

HCFMO’s goal is to help business owners operate in a safe manner, protecting their staff and all their customers. We hope everyone has a fire-safe #july4thweekend.

FACT: Leaving fireworks displays to the professionals is the safest way to protect your family, but if you choose to use...
07/02/2021

FACT: Leaving fireworks displays to the professionals is the safest way to protect your family, but if you choose to use consumer fireworks, learn how to IGNITE them properly by reading and following the directions and warning labels on fireworks packaging. #FireSafety #Fireworks

FACT: Leaving fireworks displays to the professionals is the safest way to protect your family, but if you choose to use consumer fireworks, learn how to IGNITE them properly by reading and following the directions and warning labels on fireworks packaging. #FireSafety #Fireworks

07/02/2021

Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and Top Dog Fireworks provides information on fireworks safety for the Fourth of July holiday.

Tune in to Houston Public Media Radio at 9:15 a.m. to listen to Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen discuss fireworks saf...
07/02/2021

Tune in to Houston Public Media Radio at 9:15 a.m. to listen to Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen discuss fireworks safety for the July 4th holiday!

Tune in to Houston Public Media Radio at 9:15 a.m. to listen to Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen discuss fireworks safety for the July 4th holiday!

On June 30, 2021, Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office was requested by Cy-Fair Fire Department for a fire in a residence...
07/01/2021

On June 30, 2021, Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office was requested by Cy-Fair Fire Department for a fire in a residence in the 6200 block of Lone Prairie Way. Investigators found clothing intentionally set on fire in the bathroom. Tatyana Madison (12/6/1999) told investigators that she intentionally caused the fire by placing clothes in the bathtub and igniting them with a cigarette lighter. Madison stated she was upset with her boyfriend and set his clothes on fire. She was arrested and charged with Arson of a Habitation.

On June 30, 2021, Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office was requested by Cy-Fair Fire Department for a fire in a residence in the 6200 block of Lone Prairie Way. Investigators found clothing intentionally set on fire in the bathroom. Tatyana Madison (12/6/1999) told investigators that she intentionally caused the fire by placing clothes in the bathtub and igniting them with a cigarette lighter. Madison stated she was upset with her boyfriend and set his clothes on fire. She was arrested and charged with Arson of a Habitation.

Harris County E-permits has been selected as a 2021 IDC Smart Cities North America Awards Administration Finalist and we...
07/01/2021

Harris County E-permits has been selected as a 2021 IDC Smart Cities North America Awards Administration Finalist and we need your help! Please vote for the Harris County Engineering Department at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCNAA_2021.

To learn more about this prestigious award, keep reading below:

ePermits allows residents, home builders, construction managers, and design professionals to apply for permits, request inspections and submit compliance information completely online.
Last year, more than 60,000 permits were issued through this online method that allowed people to apply for permits while practicing social distancing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Smart Cities North America Awards recognizes the progress municipalities make in executing Smart Cities projects, as well as providing a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region. Finalists include cities, states, counties, and universities.

Harris County E-permits has been selected as a 2021 IDC Smart Cities North America Awards Administration Finalist and we need your help! Please vote for the Harris County Engineering Department at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCNAA_2021.

To learn more about this prestigious award, keep reading below:

ePermits allows residents, home builders, construction managers, and design professionals to apply for permits, request inspections and submit compliance information completely online.
Last year, more than 60,000 permits were issued through this online method that allowed people to apply for permits while practicing social distancing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Smart Cities North America Awards recognizes the progress municipalities make in executing Smart Cities projects, as well as providing a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region. Finalists include cities, states, counties, and universities.

07/01/2021

ICYMI: Last week's episode of of 60 Safety Seconds with Inspector Petty was all about FIREWORKS! With July 4th just days away, we decided it was an important one to watch again. Let's make this Independence day a holiday, not a hazard! #FireSafety #FirePrevention

07/01/2021

It's #WoofWednesday! Throughout the #HarrisCounty fireworks season, don't forget about your pets. Noise from fireworks can make pets anxious and afraid. Make them more comfortable by following Fire Marshal @Chiefllc's tips for pets this Fourth of July.
#FireSafety #FirePrevention

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I was at Old Town Spring and saw a Harris County fire marshal sign mandating masks. There must have been 200 plus people there and maybe 5% wore mask. 8 assume next week Covid19 outbreaks will be traced back to today's event. Apparently the Harris County Fire Marshal does not care or they would be there enforcing masks wearing
I am so frustrated. I was driving by Dragons Lair. This being a business I had previously filed a complaint about the owner violating the mask order. I was getting Taco Cabana and saw the owner of Dragons Lair was outside his shop walking in with three people, one his wife and two employees and of course he was not wearing a mask. But what is the point to filing another complaint? The last complaint the investigator either did not watch the evidence despite claiming to or could not count the number of people in the video. He claimed that in the video evidence from the first violation that only the owner's wife was in the room with him, despite clearly a large heavy set man entering the room and doing something off camera then leaving. The wife was covered by the exception that you can be unmasked around family who live in the same residence. The additional man however.... So I ask myself and anyone here what is the point of filing another complaint if the Fire Marshal's office is not going to take the order and consequently the pandemic seriously?
I am curious why a complaint made about a violation of the mask order was handled so unprofessionally? I filed a complaint about an owner of a business that was in violation of Abbott's mask order, and I went on record rather than remain anonymous as I had video evidence of the violation. The Fire Marshal never contacted me and instead took the word of the accused and dismissed the claim as frivolous. Does our Fire Marshal feel the mask order is frivolous?
No social distancing required at sam houston race park for the Kentucky derby? Why do they get a free pass?
Is there a burn ban in the county?
Dear Harris County Fire Marshall, You need to fine these businesses violating Governor Abbott's order regarding bars. They cannot keep having a reckless disregard for the coronavirus! The businesses mentioned are in this news article: https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/07/17/houston-area-restaurants-accused-of-violating-social-distancing-guidelines/?outputType=amp Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you. Mr. Pedraza
Just a question, per the news, you guys are out enforcing Covid violations. Any truth that?
My daughter moved into a new apartment with burglar bars and there’s no release latch to open the bars in case of a fire and I tried to report it on your website but it won’t go through and I’ve left messages and I can’t get through to a human so I’m trying your page because I desperately need someone to go and inspect, I know it’s against the law and I’m worried about my daughter she is at 4500 Sherwood Ln., Barwood apt.’s Houston TX 77092 apt. 13 Please help😩 please 😩
So are y'all still hiring??
#DYK that #2020Census data determines the amount of funding that schools receive for school books, school lunch programs and school supplies? Apply now at 2020census.gov/jobs to help get the funding needed for schools in your community. To Whom It May Concern Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUjcmzScMvE&feature=youtu.be
When will the next hazmat technician course be held?
My big yellow dog Toby enjoyed Fire Marshal Laurie reading Clifford the big red dog. Thanks for the story time.