The New York City Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management advised New Yorkers that dry conditions and gusty winds will increase the risk of dangerous brush fires.
The Red Flag Warning, which will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., means that conditions can also make firefighting difficult and increase the threat fires pose to life and property.
The FDNY and OEM encourage New Yorkers to exercise extra caution when using any ignition source outdoors, including gas and charcoal grills.
In addition, smokers should never carelessly discard cigarettes. New York City's grasslands are particularly vulnerable to brush fires.
· Keep your lawn, trees, and plants well watered.
· Mow regularly. Clear weeds, cut grass, and dry vegetation from around your home.
· Trim dead wood from trees. Remove branches less than 10' from the ground.
· Use non-flammable plants for landscaping.
· Do not plant trees and plants too close to structures and under overhangs or eaves.
· Properly dispose of trash and debris, removing furniture, boxes and other material from your property.
· Store flammable liquids properly. Refuel garden equipment carefully.
· Keep the roof clean and clear. Remove leaf clutter from roof and gutters.
For more information on fire safety, dial 311 or visit http://nyc.gov.