LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday, Lubbock County Commissioners modified the county's burn ban. The changes specifically detail steps people should take when welding outdoors.
Some of those steps include alerting the fire department before welding, having a person watch so they can catch any sparks you don't see, and have a fire extinguisher near. Outdoor welding it not allowed when there is a red flag warning.
Lubbock County Emergency Management Coordinator Clinton Thetford issued this full release on the modifications:
Pursuant to the Texas Government Code Chapter 352, Sub chapter D, Section 352.081 the Lubbock County Commissioners Court has modified its current burn ban. The modification is effective starting Monday, January 3, 2011 and will run for 90 days.
This modification clarifies the performance of outdoor combustible operations, including but not limited to, outdoor welding, cutting or grinding operations and outdoor hot works operations, by any person is allowable under the current burn ban, if the operations are performed in compliance with the following requirements creating a controlled environment and safeguards on each day when operations are performed:
(A) Areas where welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations are being performed are free of vegetation for at least twenty-five feet in all directions;
(B) Surfaces around welding or hot works area are wetted down;
(C) Each location where welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations are being performed must have cellular telephone communications for emergency response;
(D) Before beginning any operations, the person performing the welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations must notify the local fire department or Emergency Services District which serves the location where the welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations are planned. (Parties will need to contact the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 8067751600 for this notification)
(E) A dedicated fire watch person attends each welder, cutter, grinder, or worker performing hot works operations or any activity that causes a spark;
(F) At least one (1) water pressure fire extinguisher per fire watch person is located within 10 feet of the location where welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations are being performed;
(G) No welding, cutting or grinding operations or hot works operations is allowed on days designated as red flag warning days by the National Weather Service;
(H) If all welding, cutting and grinding operations or hot works operations are performed only in a total welding or hot works enclosure, or "welding box" or "hot works box", that is sufficiently high to control sparks, including a fire retardant cover over the top, the operations must comply with requirements E, F, and G in this list and is encouraged to comply with requirements A-D inclusive, if feasible and appropriate, and;
(I) If all welding, cutting and grinding operations or hot works operations are performed only in sub-surface, or "bell hole", welding and grinding operations or hot works operations within approved excavations, the operations must comply with requirements E, F, and G in this list and is encouraged to comply with requirements A -D inclusive, if feasible and appropriate.
Remember a person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally violates a prohibition established by this order. An offense under this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.00.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS ORDER IS THE MITIGATION OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY
HAZARD POSED BY WILDFIRES DURING THE CURRENT DROUGHT AND SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS BY CURTAILING THE USE OF COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF LUBBOCK COUNTY, TEXAS.
This Declaration shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance, ORDERED THIS 3rd DAY OF JANUARY, 2011.
For more information, please contact the Lubbock County Office of Emergency Management at (806) 775-1911.
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