A Message from the Fire Prevention Branch Protecting Homes from Wildfires
Posted on Thursday October 15, 2020
1. Wildfires can spread to homes from blowing embers and flames. Maintain your home and landscape to reduce the chance of embers and flames igniting material on or near the home.
2. To prevent home ignitions from wildfire, start with the exterior of your home. Roofs can catch embers. Regularly clear debris from roof valleys and gutters.
3. For new homes and home improvements, look for fire-resistant materials whenever possible. Building materials, including the roof, should be listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
4. Remove anything that can burn from around your home, deck, porch, or patio out to a minimum of five feet (1.5 metres). This includes mulch, dead leaves or pine needles, shrubs or other plants, wood piles, and material for construction projects.
5. Any plant material that is five to 30 feet (1.5 to nine metres) from your home should be well-watered and spaced to avoid fire moving from plant to plant. Remove dead material on and underneath landscape plants. Grass and weeds should be mowed to a height of no more than two to three inches (50 to 75 mm)
6. Attic and garage vents should be screened with 1/8-inch (three-millimetres) metal mesh material, or a fire resistive vent design should be used to prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.