FireSmart Workshops and home assessments
A virtual workshop was held on May 27, 2020 to get Bowen Island residents familiar with and participating in the FireSmart program. You can watch the presentation below.
We are also offering FREE home and property assessments - contact us if you'd like to learn more about risks to your home and possible steps you can take to mitigate them.
What is FireSmart?
Fire Smart is an initiative to help property owners understand the ways in which wildfire might threaten structures and property located in, and close to, forested and wildland areas, and the steps individuals and communities can take to reduce the susceptibility of buildings and property to fire.
Protecting your home from wildfire starts with simple actions. Whether you are doing regular yard maintenance or making large scale changes during renovations or landscaping, you can make choices that will help protect your home from wildfire.
- Clearing all plants and other vegetation from within 10m of a structure
- Ensuring that there are no trees or other vegetation overhanging the roof
- When planting new trees consider planting deciduous species such as birch and aspen
We can show you how to make FireSmart actions that can protect your property, including measures related to:
- Home Construction
- Yard and landscaping
- Vegetation and fuels
- Access for first responders
- Farm or Acreage
2020 FireSmart program: Free home assessments and rebates!
Get involved in the FireSmart program and you could be eligible for rebates of up to $500 per property.
Step 1: Schedule a free home assessment from one of our certified local FireSmart representatives.
Step 2: Complete the activities recommended in the assessment (for example: landscaping, removal of combustible debris, pruning trees, etc.)
Step 3: Apply for your rebate.
About the rebates
You must have a home assessment done by one of our qualified local FireSmart representatives. We'll reimburse you 50% of the costs for work completed on your property as recommended in your FireSmart assessment, up to $500 per property.
FireSmart begins at home
Bowen Island Fire Rescue encourages residents to take steps to protect your home from wildfire. The FireSmart program can help you figure out how.
Wildfires become particularly devastating when they encroach on human settlements and critical infrastructure. When this occurs, they are considered Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fires and can be extremely destructive.
Many residential dwellings on Bowen Island are surrounded by dense forest and low-lying brush,
increasing the vulnerability to WUI fire spread.
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Last Updated on 2020-06-04 at 9:18 AM