By taking action and creating a FireSmart property, you will dramatically increase the resistance of your home and property to damage caused by wildfire. The best part is, it's surprisingly easy to do. The actions recommended in this manual start from the home, and progress outward. Changes made to the area closest to your home, and your home itself, have the greatest potential to reduce the risk of wildfire damage.
How Do Wildfires Grow & Spread?
How to FireSmart Your Property
Assess Your Home
A FireSmart yard includes smart choices for plants, shrubs, grass and mulch. Selecting fire-resistant plants and materials will increase the likelihood of your home surviving a wildfire.
Plant low-growing, well-spaced, fire-resistant plants and shrubs. Avoid having any woody debris present, including mulch, since it can provide places for fires to start. Make sure that you maintain a 1.5-metre, non-combustible zone around your entire home and any attachments. What is a non-combustible zone? It’s a surface of soil, rock, or stone, with no plants, debris or combustible materials.
Want to learn more about FireSmart landscaping? Download the FireSmart Landscaping Guide for tips on how to make a more wildfire resistant yard.
The FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program (FCNRP) recognizes neighbourhoods that:
Reach out to your Local FireSmart Representative - they’re here to advise you on everything FireSmart. They can help you:
FireSmart Home Partners is a voluntary property assessment program that helps residents identify specific actions and upgrades they can take on their property to reduce wildfire risks. The program’s primary purpose is to engage homeowners in voluntary wildfire mitigation activities by offering a professional home assessment with property-specific recommendations. This approach provides them with a comprehensive FireSmart road map for their property.
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