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

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

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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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Keep grass cut to less than 10cm – fires can ignite and travel quickly through long grass.

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Managing the area around your property is easy and important. Fuel removal and reduction can be achieved through hand clearing, watering, grazing, prescribed burning, or mechanical options.

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Wildfires can spread up to 11 km/hour in forests and 22 km/hour in grasslands – make sure you have an evacuation plan with your family and stick to it!

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

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