How to protect your home from flying wildfire embers

A few precautions can greatly increase your safety and your home’s chance of survival during a wildfire. It’s not too difficult to protect your home from one of a wildfire’s biggest threats:  flying embers.

Fast-moving wind can carry these fiery little chunks of wood from an intense wildfire, sometimes more than a mile away. They can reach the smallest places and easily start a fire that can burn down a home.  

The Texas A&M Forest Service says materials used to build your home can determine whether your home will survive a wildfire, and you can take steps to increase your home’s chance of survival from flying embers.

Here are a few steps that most anyone can take:

  • Look for gaps in roofing that can expose your roof decking or supports, and place angle flashing over openings between the roof decking and fascia board.
  • Install a one-eighth-inch metal screen behind roof or attic vents, keeping embers out while allowing air flow for ventilation. Clean vents to keep them free of debris.
  • Check exterior walls and cover any crevices or holes that could catch embers.

That’s just the beginning. Learn more about protecting your home from fiery embers at this forest service handout and this NFPA Fact Sheet on Embers

Lakewood hosts forum for state representative candidates August 7

The two nominees for Texas House of Representatives District 47 will speak in a candidate forum and meet-and-greet event from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 7 at the Lakewood Clubhouse.

State Rep. Vikki Goodwin is the Democrat Party nominee and Robert McCarthy is the Republican Party nominee in the newly redrawn House District 47. They are running in the November 8 general election.

As a result of the 2020 legislative redistricting process, residents of Lakewood and Jester Estates will no longer be represented by Rep. Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat.

Learn more here.

Garage sales rescheduled for June 18

The rain can’t stop the Lakewood garage sales! It just postpones them. The HOA board has rescheduled the garage sales for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 18, in garages and yards across Lakewood.

How it works: You conduct your own sale at your home on your terms. More than 30 households typically participate, and hundreds of bargain hunters visit the community. Participation is free. You may place a small sign in your front yard. Just please remove the sign by 1 p.m. See you on the bargain trail!

Austin Energy crews to prune trees near electric lines in Lakewood

Crews from Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s electric utility, will come to Lakewood starting in about two weeks to prune or remove trees near electric lines. Before work starts, Austin Energy says it will try to contact each property owner with trees that might be affected and work with the owner to reach an agreement on work performed. The process is spelled out in this letter from Austin Energy to the Lakewood HOA.

The National Electric Safety Vode requires Austin Energy to maintain its lines to ensure safety and reliable electric service.