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FireSmart Tips

Make sure to check out our interactive guide to FireSmart Your Home

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

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

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

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

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