FireSmart Tips

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

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

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