FireSmart Tips

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

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

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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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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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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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Bark mulch is highly flammable. Remove bark mulch from around your home and don’t lead fire to your door.

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