§ 94.03  ABANDONED REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS.
   (A)   Definitions.  For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ABANDON.  The throwing away of an ice box, refrigerator or freezer on vacant property, junk heaps, trash piles or debris accumulations or any other act which at common law would constitute an abandonment of personal property.
   DANGEROUS EXPOSURE.  The placing of an icebox, refrigerator or freezer not in use in a garage, barn, outbuilding, porch, yard, lot or other portion of premises where children at play may come upon it and be attracted to it.
(`88 Code, Ch. 7, § 12.01)
   (B)   Deemed public nuisance.  The abandonment or dangerous exposure of an ice box, refrigerator or freezer with its door, or doors, in normal latching or locking condition is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and a serious menace to life because of the danger of children entering such an icebox, refrigerator or freezer and becoming locked inside and suffocating.
(`88 Code, Ch. 7, § 12.02)
   (C)   Owner to remove latches and/or locks.
      (1)   The owner of an abandoned or dangerously exposed icebox, refrigerator or freezer and the owner or occupant of the premises where an abandonment or dangerous exposure occurs, has the duty to remove the door or dismantle or remove the latch or lock holding the door shut on the ice box, refrigerator or freezer.
      (2)   A person commits an offense if he abandons or dangerously exposes, or causes or permits to be abandoned or dangerously exposed, an ice box, refrigerator or freezer unless the latch or lock holding each door shut is dismantled or removed so that the door may be opened from within by simply pushing on it.
(`88 Code, Ch. 7, § 12.03)  (Ord. 260, passed 1-10-89)  Penalty, see § 10.99
Statutory reference:
   State law penalty, see Tex. Health and Safety Code § 756.013
   Unlawful to abandon or keep refrigerators or other airtight container which can be latched, see Tex. Health and Safety Code §§ 756.011 et seq.