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UFC 251: USMAN vs. MASVIDAL – Virtual Fan Q&A

Jul 8, 2020

In anticipation of UFC® 251: USMAN vs. MASVIDALtaking place this Saturday, UFC will be holding a virtual fan Q&A hosted by Megan Olivi featuring UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, 1 ranked featherweight contender Max Holloway and No. 2 ranked women’s strawweight contender Rose Namajunas on Wednesday, July 8 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT via the streaming platform On Location Live.

To tune in and listen to the athletes answering fan questions and break down UFC 251, Fight Island and more, please follow this link: https://onlocationlive.com/product/ufc-fight-island-virtual-q-a and enter the access code ‘VIRTUAL’ to join for free.

UFC® 251: USMAN vs. MASVIDAL takes place Saturday, July 11 at Flash Forum on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

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UFC FIGHT ISLAND MEDIA GUIDE

Jul 8, 2020

UFC FIGHT ISLAND MEDIA GUIDE

Press,

In anticipation of the historic upcoming UFC Fight Island series of events,

we wanted to provide a comprehensive guide covering all of the potential media assets and needs you may require to support your coverage

in the lead up to, and throughout, the four thrilling cards set to take place over the 14-day experience

About 630 UFC staff members, athletes, corners, and contractors will travel to Abu Dhabi to make the dream of Fight Island a reality

“The infrastructure we’ve put in place on Fight Island has created a once-on-a-lifetime experience for everyone.

From the Octagon on the beach, the private training facility, designated UFC safety zone, first-class restaurants and the incredible arena,

this is truly a destination that only could have been imagined.”

– UFC President Dana White

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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting at 3700 Southmore Boulevard

Jul 8, 2020
A suspect charged and wanted in the fatal shooting of a woman found at 3702 Southmore Boulevard about 3:40 p.m. on June 27 is now in custody.    

The suspect, David Nathan Willis (b/m, 39), is charged with capital murder in the 232nd State District Court in the killing of his wife, Andrea Williams, 39, of the above address, and their unborn child.  

An updated booking photo of Willis is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officers L. Patterson and Officer R. Waterwall reported:

Officers were dispatched to a welfare check call at an apartment at the above address.  A family member became concerned for a couple in the apartment after hearing there was a possible disturbance at the apartment.

When officers arrived, they did not get a response.  Fearing a medical emergency, officers obtained a key from the apartment property manager to do a welfare check on the couple.  Upon entry, officers found a female victim, later identified as Ms. Williams, unresponsive on the floor.  She had been shot.  Paramedics were called and pronounced Williams deceased.  The male who lives in the apartment with her was not located.  

Further investigation identified Willis as the suspect in this case and, on June 28, a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Willis turned himself in to authorities at the Harris County Jail on Saturday (July 4) without incident.
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City of Houston and Reliant Launch 2020 Beat the Heat Program to Help Houstonians “Stay Cool in Your Home”

Jul 8, 2020
HOUSTON –  Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Reliant and Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia to officially launch its Beat the Heat program to help residents “Stay Cool in Your Home” and avoid the summer heat while practicing social distancing. The 2020 edition of this annual program will provide residents across Houston with portable AC units, care packages, financial assistance and energy efficiency information for much-needed summer relief.

“The COVID-19 public health crisis has changed our lives, but it will not change the city’s commitment to helping Houstonians during the hot summer months. Although we won’t be opening the cooling centers as usual to help keep people socially distant, I’m proud we have come up with a way to still make sure Houstonians can keep cool during the summer,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Staying home means also being able to stay cool in your own home. I want to thank Reliant for being a great partner as we work together to provide for our communities.”
 
“During these hot summer months, social distancing guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic will make it even harder for our seniors and vulnerable residents to get the help they need,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant. “For 15 years, we have welcomed our neighbors into Reliant’s Beat the Heat cooling centers across the city. While this year’s program looks different, we are pleased to expand our partnership with the City of Houston and provide new support for Harris County Precinct 2 through their nonprofit Precinct2gether to help even more residents stay cool while safe at home.”
 

 
How Houstonians Can Beat the Heat This Summer
 
Reliant is bringing its annual Beat the Heat cooling centers inside Houston homes this year by providing portable air conditioning units to seniors and other vulnerable residents to “Stay Cool in Your Home.” Health, safety and energy efficiency tips; energy assistance information; supplies, including a wall thermometer, mask, gloves, cooling cloths and bottled water; and important services and phone numbers will be shared, along with Zoom meeting links for activities to help keep seniors engaged.
 
As needed, Reliant and the City of Houston will open emergency cooling centers while ensuring the appropriate social distancing and safety measures are in place. Residents can sign up for AlertHouston notifications to be informed when emergency cooling centers are opened. For more details, visit the Beat the Heat website.
 
Community Assistance by Reliant
 
In addition to kicking off this year’s program, Reliant announced two donations totaling $80,000 to support seniors and vulnerable citizens across the city.$60,000 to the Houston Health Department’s Harris County Area Agency on Aging air conditioner program that will provide portable AC units to seniors to stay cool in their homes, and care packages for vulnerable residents and seniors who are participants in the department’s meal programs. Harris County seniors, disabled individuals and families without means to cool their homes can call 832-393-4201 to qualify for the AC program.$20,000 to Precinct2gether in East Harris County to provide additional portable AC units, helpful information and resources to vulnerable residents. 
“Over the last 3 to 4 months, my team has worked tirelessly around the clock to find ways to help our residents, especially our vulnerable communities. We’ve conducted numerous giveaways for masks, pet food, human food, and really ramped up our homebound meals for seniors. With the summer heat already here, I’m so proud we’re able to partner with Reliant to provide yet another necessity for our seniors – air conditioning units. Being comfortable at home is a luxury many of us take for granted, so I’m happy to help provide them with some much-needed relief in these next few months,” said Commissioner Adrian Garcia.
 
For anyone who needs help paying their electricity bill this summer, call 2-1-1 within Texas or visit 211texas.org. Reliant customers can also call 1-866-222-7100 or find additional information at reliant.com/care.
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Concluyen las reuniones con las ciudades candidatas a sede de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026™

Jul 8, 2020

  • El entusiasmo aumenta mientras la primera Copa Mundial de la FIFA que incluirá 48 equipos toma forma
  • FIFA informa sobre el proceso de selección de sedes a 23 ciudades candidatas
  • Nombramiento de ciudades anfitrionas previsto para 2021

Tras poner punto y final a las tres reuniones informativas con las federaciones anfitrionas y sus ciudades candidatas, la FIFA ha dado hoy un paso decisivo de cara a la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026™ —el primero en el que 48 selecciones lucharán por el título a lo largo de 80 partidos—. La reunión interactiva de hoy, mantenida online con las 17 ciudades candidatas estadounidenses, estuvo precedida por otras dos realizadas con anterioridad en Ciudad de México y Toronto, en las que participaron las candidatas mexicanas y canadienses, respectivamente. La gran participación en estas reuniones es indicativa del alto interés que despierta la competición en los tres países anfitriones.

Las tres reuniones contaron con la participación de estas 23 ciudades candidatas a sede del Mundial:

  • Canadá: Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto
  • México: Guadalajara, Ciudad de México, Monterrey
  • EE. UU.: Atlanta, Bahía de San Francisco, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Filadelfia, Houston, Kansas City, Los Ángeles, Miami, Nashville, Nueva York/Nueva Jersey, Orlando, Seattle y Washington D. C.

La FIFA aprovechó estas sesiones para informar sobre el proceso de selección de sedes, para lo cual explicó los puntos principales tenidos en cuenta al evaluar cada ciudad y la normativa y los procedimientos pertinentes.

La próxima etapa, que se desarrollará durante las próximas semanas, consistirá en la organización de reuniones individuales con cada ciudad candidata. Conforme a la política de la FIFA de seguir las recomendaciones de las autoridades sanitarias con respecto a la pandemia, las visitas tendrán lugar únicamente cuando sea seguro. Posteriormente, la administración remitirá una propuesta al Consejo de la FIFA, órgano que nombrará las ciudades anfitrionas del torneo en 2021.

«En nuestras conversaciones con las tres federaciones y las ciudades candidatas, hemos percibido un gran compromiso y entusiasmo para ofrecer al mundo entero una experiencia única dentro y fuera de los estadios. La Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026 será una edición histórica, por ser la primera con 48 selecciones, y también por su contribución al objetivo de la FIFA de desarrollar el fútbol en todos los aspectos y hacer que sea realmente global —dijo Colin Smith, Director de la División de Torneos y Eventos de la FIFA—. Si bien los estadios siguen siendo la pieza clave para que el torneo se desarrolle con éxito, también es imprescindible garantizar las mejores condiciones en materia de infraestructuras, sustentabilidad, derechos humanos y legado. La selección de ciudades que tendrá lugar los próximos meses será una carrera muy competitiva».

Dan Flynn, exsecretario general de la Federación Estadounidense de Fútbol y responsable de supervisar la parte del proceso en ese país, se expresó así al respecto:

«Uno de los puntos fuertes de nuestra candidatura conjunta fue que la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026™ se disputaría en grandes urbes espectaculares y bien dotadas de recursos, un hecho que tiene especial vigencia aquí en los Estados Unidos: las 17 localidades propuestas disponen de todo lo necesario para acoger el primer Mundial de fútbol con 48 naciones. No será una elección fácil, pero nos hemos adentrado en el proceso este martes con muchísima ilusión. Estoy seguro de que todos están listos para la acción».

A su vez, estas fueron las declaraciones de Peter Montopoli, secretario general de la Federación Canadiense de Fútbol:

«Esperamos recibir al mundo en 2026 cuando Canadá, Estados Unidos y México sean los anfitriones del Mundial. Esta reunión informativa ha ofrecido a las ciudades candidatas de nuestro país la ocasión de conocer de primera mano y compartir la gran oportunidad que supone organizar la Copa Mundial, la mayor competición deportiva que se celebra en el mundo».

Mauricio Culebro, director general de Operaciones de la Federación Mexicana, manifestó lo siguiente:

“Celebramos este primer seminario hacia el Mundial 2026. Para México es un orgullo ofrecer a la afición esta gran experiencia que sabemos será motivo de inspiración y transformación social. Ser sede de la Copa Mundial es, además de una enorme satisfacción, un gran compromiso. Por ello estamos trabajando desde ahora. Recibiremos al resto del mundo y en conjunto con Canadá y Estados Unidos trabajaremos para organizar la mejor Copa Mundial de fútbol de la historia”.

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HOUSTON PUBLIC WORKS WINS SEVERAL TOP INDUSTRY AWARDS

Jul 7, 2020
HOUSTON – Houston Public Works and several of its employees have received several top industry awards for 2020. The recognition includes individual awards and awards for various projects.2020 American Public Works Association Awards
Professional Manager of the Year – Emergency Management – Brian Mason
Professional Manager of the Year – Water Resources – Michael Johnson
Professional Manager of the Year – Transportation – Ian Hlavecek
Professional Manager of the Year – Facilities & Grounds – Jay Patel
Drahn Jones Award for Excellence in Education – Gloria Guerra, Daryl Pope, Hector Montanez-Rivera
Citation for Exemplary Service to Public Works – Chris Broussard
Management Innovation – Wastewater Executive Management Team
Technical Innovation
 – Valve Preventative Maintenance Team
Project of the Year – Structures $25M to $75M – Southeast Water Purification Plant – Jay Patel, Quinn Pitt, Azhar Patankar, Sonny Do, John Msigwa, Kresmimir Begic, Robert Toliver, Kevin Peeples
Project of the Year – Structures $5M to $25M – Ardmore Drinking Water Operations Facility – Jay Patel, Quinn Pitt, Azhar Patankar, Sonny Do, John Msigwa, Kresmimir Begic, Robert Toliver, Kevin Peeples

2020 American Water Works Association Awards
Dr. John Leal Award – Yvonne Forest (the Dr. John Leal Award is presented annually for distinguished service to the water profession)

2020 Texas American Water Works Association Awards
Watermark Award for Community Outreach & Education Programs – 2019 Water Works Festival
Honorable Mention – Imagine a Day Without Water

2020 Water Environment Association Of Texas Awards
Employer of the Year – Shannon Dunne
Medal of Honor for Heroism – Ralph Hect and the Cullen team“Houston Public Works continues to maintain the standard of excellence, innovation, and dedication required by our community and our peers. I am proud of our team and how we remain resilient in our efforts to improve our customer service while creating a strong foundation for Houston to thrive,” said Houston Public Works Director, Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E.
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Top coaches and experts to discuss evolution of women’s football in FIFA Women’s World Cup webinar

Jul 7, 2020

•Webinar to take place on Thursday 9 July at 4pm CET
•Media can follow live and submit questions via FIFA.com and YouTube
•Panel to include April Heinrichs, Pia Sundhage, Dawn Scott and Dr. Paul Bradley

To mark the one year anniversary of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 this week, FIFA will host a special webinar with some of the world’s top international coaches and experts to discuss the evolution and development of women’s football, as well as the key findings from the recently published Physical Analysis Report from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

According to the report, France 2019 was a landmark tournament for the technical, tactical and physical development aspect of women’s football with more distance covered at a higher intensity by more players compared to previous editions of the tournament.

As part of the webinar, leading coaches and experts will join the authors of the report to discuss what the tournament meant for the evolution of football and what it means for the future tactical and technical development of the women’s game.

Date: Thursday 9 July 2020

Time: 4pm CET onwards

Panel (to be moderated by Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer):

  • Dr Paul Bradley – BASES-accredited sports scientist, Reader in Sports Performance at Liverpool John Moores University and a Consultant for FC Barcelona
  • Dawn Scott – Senior Women’s Physical Performance Manager for the English Women’s National Team and former High Performance Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team (2010-2019)
  • April Heinrichs – FIFA Women’s World Cup winner and Head of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ Technical Study Group (TSG)
  • Pia Sundhage – Head Coach, Brazil Women’s National Team and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year (2012)
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Bareman: Women’s football can come back bigger, stronger and even more popular

Jul 7, 2020

•    France 2019 was a game-changer for women’s football
•    Sarai Bareman reflects on the tournament and challenges since
•    Discusses COVID-19 relief plan and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

This time last year, Sarai Bareman was excitedly preparing for the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

Even then, on the eve of the showpiece match, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer knew that the tournament had smashed records, laying the foundation for a bright and exciting new era in the women’s game.

No-one at that stage, of course, reckoned on COVID-19 and its unprecedented impact on football and the wider world. But Bareman, while certainly not downplaying the challenges the pandemic poses, struck an optimistic note as she looked to the future for women’s football.

Before focusing on FIFA’s relief plan and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, however, she began by reflecting on a golden French summer and a tournament never to be forgotten.

FIFA.com: From a technical, tactical and physical point of view, France 2019 was the best FIFA Women’s World Cup ever. Why was it the best for you?

Sarai Bareman: Well for me it was the best because it represented the culmination of so many hours, days, weeks and months of hard work. For everybody involved, so much effort had gone into making this World Cup the success that it was. What we achieved in France was definitely one of the proudest moments of my career.

It was such a success in terms of the spectators and broadcast views. That made it all the sweeter. In the women’s football world, the FIFA Women’s World Cup is like a beacon; the very top of the pyramid. It is the biggest event we have every four years to showcase our sport and our athletes. It did it in the best possible way, and really opened the eyes of the world to what women’s football is all about.

A total of 1.12 billion viewers watched France 2019 – a record. Did you expect such success?

We targeted one billion as our objective for broadcast viewership and were able to exceed that, which was obviously amazing. I think it is what separated France from many of the previous editions of the tournament. More than one billion people from all around the world having access to our sport, tuning in to watch it. This was a game-changing moment for women’s football.

How will women’s football develop in the future with the help of FIFA?

I think FIFA’s prioritisation towards women’s football is bigger than ever, particularly off the back of France. We are planning to invest USD $1 billion over the next four years. We have tailor-made dedicated development programs for the 211 member associations. We have a very specific women’s football strategy that we are implementing and there is targeted research we are carrying out currently, to accelerate the professionalisation of women’s football.

We are working with partner agencies and organisations outside of the football family to support us and amplify the positive social impacts of our sport. Not only with those that are on the pitch – the players and coaches – but also for women in football. We are putting a lot of effort into education and increasing capacity and seeking to increase the number of women in football administration, and into decision-making bodies. I am very happy to have that level of momentum, which is being met with enthusiasm by our stakeholders too.

What was your personal ‘magic moment’ of France 2019?

That one is very easy for me. It was the opening match in Paris. I can remember it very clearly. Sitting in the stands with my colleagues; watching the opening ceremony; seeing the jets fly over; hearing the roar of the crowd when the two teams marched on to the field; seeing the flags and banners of France and Korea Republic waving throughout the stadium; every seat full.

I was crying. So much had built up to that moment. Then to see it come to fruition in such a big way, in a sold-out stadium, in such a beautiful setting, was incredibly emotional. It was a very powerful moment for me.

Who surprised or impressed you the most?

You are probably looking for an answer that is related to what happened on the field but I’m going to give you a different answer. The biggest surprise for me were the fans. I obviously expected a lot of fans to come. But what surprised me was just how incredible the fans were. Their level of engagement; how they showed up for the teams, as well as how diverse the crowds were at every match we went to.

It was beautiful to see so many families. Generations of families: grandparents, parents, children. I was blown away by the passion. I felt the fans knew they were part of something bigger than just this World Cup. They were part of a movement; something so much more than just what was happening on the field in front of them. You could really feel that energy.

You said the number of women in football should be increased. Gender equality is an important issue, and not only in football. How should the status quo be improved?

Firstly, what I loved about France is that it provided this incredible platform for those conversations to take place. That is the power of football – the power of women’s football. It provides a place where people can come together and actually have these open discussions. The athletes can also use that platform to voice their opinions.

From a very simplistic point of view – both personal, but also from the view of FIFA – everybody should be treated equally. That’s how simple it is for me. Our job in FIFA with respect to women’s football is to get it to the same level. We need it to be mainstream, so there is no longer a discussion about men’s and women’s football in the future. We will just simply talk about football. Until we see everyone who is responsible for delivering football, treating the men’s and women’s game in an equal way, we will continue to work towards that.

When you think about the legacy of 2019, women’s football was heading in the right direction. Now many fear its development has suffered a setback because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are they right and how can this be counteracted?

I think the entire world of football has been impacted and we have to be very clear about that. Society as a whole, but football too. This is something that became very clear to us very early on, as we started to speak with our stakeholders – clubs, confederations, member associations, the leagues and players – to really try to gauge the feeling on the ground. How were people being impacted physically, as well as financially? That gave us a really good overview and ultimately resulted in the relief plan that FIFA has rolled out for the football family.

I am particularly proud of the way FIFA reacted in respect to women’s football. From the beginning, there has been a very clear message from the top, starting with the President: women’s football is important and must remain a priority. It has been an integral part in the process of creating a relief plan. The level of investment that we make as an organisation is increasing now because of what has happened. Dedicated money will be made available to all the member associations, specifically for the women’s game, and over and above what they were already receiving.

I know there is a lot of fear and to be honest I shared those fears at the very beginning. I think, though, we have to approach things in a positive way. It has always been my experience – particularly in the world of football – that moments of adversity lead to the biggest opportunities. Women’s football needs to catch a light on this and I think we can come back bigger, stronger and even more popular.

Australia and New Zealand will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. What does this mean for women’s football in those countries and the Asia-Pacific region?

It is hugely important. It is the first time a Women’s World Cup has been hosted in that region. It is the first time that two confederations will jointly host a Women’s World Cup. It will have a massive impact.

We have already seen off the back of France 2019 the increase in participation in the women’s game – especially in Europe. I saw figures for example in England. More than 800,000 women and young girls are joining grassroots programs after France. I know this will be the same in Asia and the Pacific. It excites me that it will result in many more opportunities for young girls in that region.

I was very fortunate to grow up in New Zealand where I had access to a club and infrastructure. I was able to play and I was very well supported. I think this Women’s World Cup will act as a catalyst and is going to open up so many eyes to how big women’s football is, and what a huge opportunity exists for the women’s game.

Twelve teams participated at the first Women’s World Cup in 1991; in 2019, it was 24. In 2023, it will be 32. It is safe to say that a lot has changed in the last 28 years. In your opinion, what should be the next step to lift the Women’s World Cup to the next level and to further increase the tournament’s value?

From a commercial perspective, there is a lot that we can do around activating the partnerships we have. Getting more people involved and ensuring that every fan that comes to a stadium to watch games or tuning in from home to watch on television has an enhanced experience —that’s something that we’ll put a lot of effort into over the next three years, particularly around technology and digital innovation. We’ve been able to gather a variety of data, tracking players and what’s happening on the field with the physical aspects of the game. With that alone, if we make the best use of it, we can hugely enhance the fan experience.

From a technical women’s football perspective, it is also about enhancing the experience for the players. We’ve got the best players in the world. It’s the biggest opportunity we have to showcase their skills and what they are capable of. It’s important that we continue to work to improve the conditions for those players so that they can continue to perform at their best and put on an incredible show for all those fans coming to watch them in 2023.

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Mayor Turner visits Vanessa Guillen mural, asks City to stand with her family

Jul 7, 2020
Mayor Turner’s statement on Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen.
Houston Native Participated in the Mayor’s Hire Houston Youth Program.
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joins Vanessa Guillen’s family, friends and the community in honoring the Houston native and Army Specialist.Today, Mayor Turner visited a mural created in Vanessa’s memory at Taqueria Del Sol in South Houston. He also laid flowers at the site of a growing memorial. 

“On behalf of the City of Houston, I extend my prayers and support to the family of U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen. Vanessa was a bright and beautiful young woman. We are shocked and saddened by what happened to her.   “Vanessa participated in the City’s Hire Houston Youth program, which provides young people with internships and job opportunities in the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and government. After graduating from Chavez High School, Vanessa enlisted in the army to protect and serve our nation. Vanessa’s family said she wanted to be a hero, a fighter, and accomplish something great. 

“On this Fourth of July, as we commemorate our country’s freedom and founding ideals, we also honor Vanessa’s service in the United States military. The City of Houston stands in solidarity with the Guillen family in their grief and in their search for justice.” 
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The Houston Fire Department Recommends Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Jul 1, 2020
The Houston Fire Department Recommends Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Activities
With many people staying at home to celebrate Memorial Day due to the coronavirus crisis, it’s expected that backyard barbecues and home pool use will be widespread over the course of this upcoming long holiday weekend and into the summer months. With that in mind, the Houston Fire Department urges citizens to follow some simple safety tips if enjoying the outdoors: 

Barbecue Grill Safety Tips

◾Portable barbecue pits, charcoal grills and other open-flame cooking devices outside of a building should not be operated on combustible balconies or located within 10 feet of combustible walls or roofs or other combustible materials.

◾When igniting the barbecue charcoal, citizens should use a charcoal lighter, not gasoline. Gasoline can flash violently in and around the pit causing serious injuries to anyone in the area of the flash. A fire extinguisher or charged garden hose should be handy while the fire is burning. Check the pit frequently to make sure that it is okay.

◾Hot ash and coals from barbecue pits and charcoal burners should be placed in a non-combustible container until cooled or thoroughly saturated with water, before being disposed of.
 
 Pool and Water Safety

◾Active, focused, adult supervision is the most important safety measure to prevent a water-related tragedy involving a child. The vast majority of children who drown in pools do so in the backyards of their own homes or of relatives.

◾Never leave a child alone near water, always watch your children around swimming pools

◾Enroll children over the age of 3 in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. However, swimming lessons don’t make your child “drown proof.” Remember, flotation devices are not a substitute for supervision.

◾Use approved flotation devices

◾If your apartment has a pool, inspect the fence and gate. If the gate does not lock or you find any other defects with the fence, report it to the apartment management immediately.

◾Bring a cell phone to the pool in case of emergency

◾Standing water is the #1 cause of slips and falls around a pool. NO RUNNING on the pool deck!

◾Always have a first aid kit and emergency contacts handy

◾Watch for dangerous “TOOs”- Too Tired, Too Cold, Too Far from Safety, Too Much Sun, Too Much Strenuous Activity

◾Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. If lightning and thunder are nearby, get out until the storm has passed.

Teach Children these safety tips:

◾Always swim with a buddy

◾Don’t dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump in feet first to avoid hitting your head on the shallow bottom.

◾Don’t push or jump on others in or around water

◾Swim in supervised areas only

◾Obey all rules and posted signs
 
HFD also recommends parents and guardians learn CPR. Seconds count if a person drowns and performing CPR quickly and correctly can save their life. For more information on local CPR classes, please contact the American Red Cross , your local hospitals or medical schools.
 
Additional safety tips may be found on the HFD website at www.houstonfire.org
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