FireSmart Tips

Make sure to check out our interactive guide to FireSmart Your Home

Conducting a FireSmart assessment of your home is a free FireSmart activity!

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Talk with your insurance provider about wildfire damage and loss insurance.  Ensure your insurance is adequate and up to date!

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MYTH:  I’ll be fine; the forest is a few streets away.

FACT:  Most houses are burnt in wildfires because of ember attacks.  Embers can cause fires many kilometres in from the main fire.  You need to ensure that your home is properly prepared to withstand ember attacks.

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Don’t just FireSmart your house – use the same FireSmart principles for your sheds and outbuildings that are less than 10 metres from your home.

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MYTH:  It won’t happen to me!

FACT:  No one can guarantee that it won’t happen to you.  If you prepare and nothing ever happens, then you have lost nothing.  If you do not prepare your family and home in order to best protect them from a wildfire, you may not live to regret it!

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Make sure your family knows where the gas, electric, and water mains shut-off are!

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Bark mulch is highly flammable. Remove bark mulch from around your home and don’t lead fire to your door.

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Are overhead power lines clear of vegetation?  Contact your service provider for assistance with removing trees close to utility lines.

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Remember to remove any windblown leaves from under decks, as well as any flammable debris on balconies and patios.

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Burning embers can travel up to 9 kilometres from the flaming edge of a forest fire. Is your home in that range?

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Relocating propane tanks 10 meters from your house is a free FireSmart activity!

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