FireSmart BC and Emergency Preparedness BC are calling on B.C. residents to start preparing for wildfire.
FireSmart says landscaping tasks and chores like watering and mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, and safely storing combustibles are proven to increase a home’s survivability from wildfire.
“The 2021 wildfire season was one of the most active on record,” says Jennifer Rice, B.C.'s Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.
“I urge you to prepare for wildfire now by going to firesmartbc.ca. This is the time to get informed and take action for yourself, your family, and your community.”
Fire Smart BC says everyone can play a role in creating a more wildfire resilient province.
“While governments, municipalities, and other organizations all contribute to wildfire preparedness, your home and property’s wildfire risk level are within your control. Now is the time to take action. You won’t have time to get prepared once fire is at your doorstep," said Kelsey Winter, FireSmart BC program lead and chair of the BC FireSmart committee.
Homeowners can use the interactive FireSmart Begins at Home Manual, which outlines the FireSmart program and how each homeowner can make their property and neighbourhood FireSmart.
You can learn more at https://firesmartbc.ca/prepare/.