Prevent a wildfire from threatening your home
Tips for in and around your home
- Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
- Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10m of the house. Apply FireSmart principles that provide simple measures to protect your home from fire. Book a free FireSmart home assessemnt.
- Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
- Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 10m of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
- Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 2-3m from the ground.
- Keep your lawn watered and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
- Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
- Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
- Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
- Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.
The RDCK Fire Services has four structural protection units (mobile sprinklers) and firefighters trained to operate them. These units can be deployed to help keep homes safe from the imminent threat of wildfire.
For information about active wildfires, please visit the BC Wildfire Service. Resources you will find there include:
The content on this page was last updated March 11 2021 at 8:55 AM
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