FireSmart Tips

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

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

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

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

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Burning embers can travel up to 9 kilometres from the flaming edge of a forest fire. Is your home in that range?

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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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