FireSmart Tips

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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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When planting new trees, consider planting deciduous species such as birch and aspen.

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A spark arrestor on your chimney will reduce the chance of sparks and embers escaping and starting fires.

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Did you know that embers can enter your home through your garage door?  Weather stripping can make a huge difference!

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

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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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MYTH:  BC Wildfire Service or the Fire Department will save my house from a wildfire.

FACT:   The Fire Department can not provide every person and home with individual protection during a major wildfire.  You are responsible for your home’s fire safety!

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