Be prepared for a wildfire

We want to help protect you and your family. We encourage you to take care of what matters most and follow the necessary precautions to avoid injury and minimize property damage.

Please take the following precautions:

  • Evacuate if you are ordered to do so by local authorities.
  • Monitor local media for updates, so you can make appropriate arrangements for shelter.
  • Keep receipts for expenses that incur while evacuated from your home.

And, only if you have time:

  • Prepare an emergency supply kit to take with you.
  • Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.
  • Bring your outdoor property and physical belongings indoors.
  • Remove dried-out branches, leaves and debris from around your home that could quickly catch fire.
  • Remove all combustibles, such as propane barbeques, lawn mowers, gas cans and other debris, and place them at least 10 metres away from your home.
  • Close and secure all home and car windows and doors. Apply tape over vents and move combustibles away from windows.
  • Turn off your thermostat to prevent your air conditioner from drawing smoke into your home.
  • Prepare a home inventory or take a few quick photos of your belongings.

If your property has been damaged from fire or smoke:

  • Stay away from your home until the evacuation order has been lifted.
  • Be watchful of structural damage caused by the fire. Roofs and floors may be damaged and subject to collapse. Wear steel-toe footwear with a sole plate and other protective clothing such as pants, long sleeves, gloves and hard hats.
  • Food, beverages and medicine exposed to heat, smoke, soot and water should be thrown away and not consumed.
  • If you are without power, check to make sure the main breaker is on. Fires may cause breakers to trip. If it is on and the power is still not working, contact the utility company. In the meantime, use battery-powered lanterns and flashlights rather than candles.
  • Document any damage you may have to your belongings by taking a photo or video prior to discarding.

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