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Protecting your home from wildfire starts with simple actions. Whether you are doing regular yard maintenance or making large scale changes during renovations or landscaping, you can make choices that will help protect your home from wildfire.

Some of the measures cost very little and can help reduce the vulnerability of your home to wildfire; others require planning and long-term commitment. Learn how to take FireSmart actions that can help protect your home.

  • Home Construction – Use fire resistant building materials such as stucco, fire resistant shingles and double or triple pane windows can reduce the risk of fire sparks and embers igniting your home. Determine your risk by completing a FireSmart home assessment. See the Home Owners FireSmart Manual at:
  • Yard and Landscaping – You may already be taking actions that help to reduce your risk to wildfire; mowing and watering your lawn, planting fire resistant plants in your garden and using rock mulch instead of wood mulch can reduce your risk of wildfire.

    Partners in Protection have developed a landscaping manual to help you make FireSmart choices. Visit the FireSmart Canada website at:
  • Vegetation and Fuels - Preparing your property does not mean removing all the trees and shrubs. There are a few key things you can do to protect your home from wildfire:
    • Prune tree branches to a minimum height of 2 metres
    • Remove all combustible trees, long grass, shrubs, logs, branches, twigs and needles within 10 metres of a structure
    • Thin trees (with 3-6 metres between crowns) for at least 30 metres from any structure
    • Store firewood a minimum of 10 metres away from any structures (avoid down slope location)
    • Remove all combustible trees, long grass, shrubs, logs, branches, twigs and needles within 10 metres of a structure
    • Contact your utility company if trees or branches are not clear of power lines
    • Keep grass mowed and watered within 10 metres of buildings
    • FireSmart your fire pit or burning barrel
    • Clear your driveway of trees to a distance of at least 3 metres on either side

  • Farm and acreage – Each property is unique but a range of actions can help you to reduce your risk of wildfire. Focus on the following areas:
    • Fences and ditch lines managed for dry grasses, weeds and brush
    • Store bales, feed and firewood well away from any structures
    • Consider vegetation management for outbuildings, barns and unused land
    The FireSmart Farm and Acreage Magazine provide information unique to your property. Visit the FireSmart Canada website at:

 

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Updated: Jun 10, 2015