FireSmart Tips

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

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Every inside corner of your roof is a place where debris and embers can collect – clean them regularly!

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

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Ensure that there are no trees or other vegetation overhanging your roof.

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

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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:  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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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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