Civic Address and Access
Is the property civic address plainly visible from the road using contrasting colours with characters no less than 76mm (3 inches) in height?
Does driveway allow for safe access to the property for emergency responders? (Trees pruned, etc)
Existing Area Conditions
- Good (no concerns from neighbouring property)
- Moderate (limited mitigation on neighbouring land)
- Poor (small lot with neighbouring structure or pooly mitigated land nearby)
Dangerous topographical feature/ structure location?
Long term planning: When replacing your roof consider ULC Class A asphalt shingles or metal roofing as an option.
Inspect roof each spring for damage, especially after harsh winter or wind storm. Keep roof free of needles, leaves and debris.
When re-siding your home consider FireSmart options such as brick, stucco, metal or concrete.
Eaves, vents and openings
Increase the amount of times you clean your eaves each year. Remove dry leaves, pines, needles and small branches to reduce the hazard level.
Balcony, deck or porch
Ensure that any leaves, branches, twigs, needles that make their way under the deck are cleared out. Consider sheathing the deck in using non-combustible material (such as wire mesh).
Window and door glazing
When replacing windows in the future - consider thermal or tempered windows that are at least double paned as a FireSmart option. They will protect the inside of your home from any thermal heat generated from a wild or brush fire event.
Priority Zone 1 and 2
Location of nearby combustibles
Consider relocating combustible material stored within 10 metres of your home so you have a fuel free zone (10 metres around your home)
Forest vegetation (overstory) Less than 10 metres
Forest vegetation (overstory) 10 to 30 metres
Surface vegetation - less than 10 metres
Establish a fuel free zone around your home. Replace spruce, pine and cedars with fire resistant species such as aspen, birch or poplar. Remove dead and downed woody debris in any stands of aspen and poplar surrounding your property. By removing the debris it will slow the intensity of a ground fire making its way to your home.
Surface vegetation - 10 to 30 metres
Ladder fuels - 10 to 30 metres
Prune spruce and pine up from the ground to prevent a ground fire from making its way into the tops of the trees.
FireSmart Property Assessment Comments
Home Security Checklist
Are gates and fences in good repair?
Is the yard well maintained and all outside valuables locked up and kept out of sight?
Are there any trees or shrubs in the yard that could conceal a burglar trimmed appropriately?
Do all entrances have adequate lighting?
Is there a wide angle peephole that allows residents to identify a person without opening the door?
Are ground level windows secured and locked?
Do sliding patio doors have a lock or block in the track?
Does the homeowner have a record of all valuables in the house? (Including serial numbers, photos and approximate value.)
Are important documents secured offsite in a safety deposit box or secured and locked up inside the home?
Are doors locked at all times - even when residents are home?
Get to know your neighbours are and watch out for one another.
Evacuation: Have you held a practice evacuation excercise with your family?
Belongings: Do you have a 72 hour kit to take with you?
Notification: Have you signed up to receive free emergency alerts from Strathcona County Alerts?
Alternative Routes: Are you prepared to evacuate by an alternative route if your primary egress is impassable?
Communications: Have you planned how your family will stay in contact (or where you would meet) if separated during a disaster?
Do you have a plan for evacuating your pets?
Neighbours: Have you talked to your neighbours about linking mitigation efforts?
Community: Have you been involed in efforts to help protect your community?
Are you interested in receiving more information about initiating a FireSmart Community Board?