15 tips to protect your home from wildfireJune 17, 2021
Did you know that every year in Canada, wildfires destroy an average of 25,000 square kilometres – an area greater than Nova Scotia? With nearly two-thirds of all Canadian communities located close to forests and grasslands, millions of Canadians are at risk. Maybe even you.
The good news is, there are easy and inexpensive steps you can take to reduce the risk of wildfire damaging your home.
For those short on time and money
- Remove leaves, tree needles and other debris from your roof, gutters and deck. Clean your vents.
- Remove combustible materials (firewood and lumber) stored within 10 metres of your house. Don’t store combustible materials under your deck.
- Mow your lawn to less than 10 centimetres and plant low-growing, well-spaced shrubs and other vegetation.
For those with a little more time and money (up to $3,000)
- Install non-combustible fencing within 1.5 metres of the house (e.g. cement fiber, metal, chain link or stone).
- Create a 15 centimetres ground-to-siding non-combustible clearance (e.g. install cement board or metal skirting).
For those undertaking major renovations with a bigger budget (up to $30,000)
- Install non-combustible siding (e.g. stucco, metal, stone or cement fibre board).