Spring Tips for FireSmarting Your Home

Spring Tips for FireSmarting Your Home

As a former firefighter & structure protection crew member protecting homes from wildfires in 2021, firesmarting your home is near and dear to my heart. According to BC Wildfire service, they state: "The current long-range forecasts suggest a high potential for an active spring wildfire season in British Columbia. Once fuels and forests are snow-free, elevated fire activity is anticipated." Spring 2024 Seasonal Outlook – BC Wildfire Service (

Spring is a great time to take steps to protect your home from wildfires.   Firesmarting your home involves creating a defensible space around your property and making your home less vulnerable to wildfire. Here are some tips for firesmarting your home in the spring:

1. Clear debris: Remove dead leaves, branches, and other debris from your yard, gutters, and roof. This can help prevent embers from igniting your home.

2. Create defensible space: A defensible space is an area around your home that is free of flammable materials. Clear vegetation and other combustible materials at least 30 feet from your home.

3. Trim trees and bushes: Trees and bushes should be trimmed so that they are not touching your home. This can help prevent the spread of fire to your home.

4. Choose fire-resistant plants: Plant fire-resistant plants and trees in your yard. These include plants with high moisture content. Fire-Resistant Plants | FireSmart BC

5.Use fire-resistant building materials: If you are building a new home or renovating your existing home, use fire-resistant building materials. These include metal roofing, stucco, and brick.

6. Install spark arrestors: Install spark arrestors on chimneys and stovepipes to prevent embers from escaping and igniting your home.

7. Have an emergency kit: Prepare an emergency kit that includes important documents, medications, and other essentials in case you need to evacuate.

8. Create a family emergency plan: Create a family emergency plan that includes a meeting place and a way to communicate with each other in case of a wildfire.

By following these tips, you can help protect your home from wildfires. Firesmarting your home in the spring can give you peace of mind and help keep you and your family safe during wildfire season.

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