FireSmart Tips

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Wooden fences create a direct path from the fire to your home.  Separating your house from a wooden fence with a metal gate can slow the advance of a fire.

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Every inside corner of your roof is a place where debris and embers can collect – clean them regularly!

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MYTH:  If I know the back streets in my suburb or town well, it will be ok for me to leave at the very last minute.

FACT: Smoke from a fire can limit visibility and you may become confused or disoriented.  Power lines and fallen trees on roads may be hard to see making driving dangerous.  It is always better to leave early before the fire arrives.

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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:  A house can explode if it catches on fire!

FACT:  Houses do not just explode, it’s what you have stored under your home that may explode.  You should consider what flammable and explosive items you have around/under your home and where you should safety store them to reduce the risk to your home.  Click here to find out more on protecting your home!

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Cleaning your roof and gutters of leaves and pine needles (best done fall and spring) is a free FireSmart Activity!

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Embers can get into homes easily through vents and other openings and burn your home from the inside out.  Walk around your house and see what openings you should install screens on!

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

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Did you know that fires move fastest uphill?  If your home is located on a hill, you should consider taking extra measures.  Click here to find out ways to FireSmart your property.

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Creating a family communication plan is a great idea to ensure your family is prepared in the event of an evacuation.

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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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