The onset of winter means much less of the hot, dry weather that leads to wildfires, but hazardous conditions will be back in a few months – and it’s never too early to start thinking about your property’s defences.
The best way to prepare for any threat is to a) find out how it works, and b) learn how to stop it. To get started on both, we strongly recommend that you take FireSmart 101, a free one-hour online course developed by FireSmart Canada. Easy to access and absorb, the course’s teachings are designed for beginners but also work as an effective refresher for those with previous FireSmart experience. FireSmart 101 focuses on the basics, including:
- How and why wildfires are so dangerous to life and property
- Where and when wildfires are most likely to occur
- Simple steps to reduce the danger to your home and/or business
- How protecting individual properties can safeguard a whole community
Wherever you are in your FireSmart journey, FireSmart 101 is designed not just to educate, but also to inspire and empower.
For first-timers, the course outlines FireSmart’s founding principles and imparts lessons that could be life-altering: some of these insights fall under common (even if commonly overlooked) sense, while others are the product of hard-won experience. All are tried and trusted tools in managing/mitigating the risks associated with wildfires.
For veterans, it never hurts to be reminded of what (you think) you already know: maybe a review will remind you of a small but crucial detail you had forgotten, hone your powers of observation, or help you make a connection that leads to new applications of FireSmart ideas or techniques.
You can take the course – again, at no charge – any time you want, right here. See you in FireSmart 101.