FireSmart Tips

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

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Pruning the lower branches of trees to 2 metres is a free FireSmart activity!

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

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

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

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