FireSmart® Home Partners is a voluntary property assessment program that helps residents identify specific actions they can take on their property to reduce wildfire risks.
FireSmart® Home Partners Property Assessments provide residents:
- A comprehensive, on-site assessment conducted by experienced fire professionals;
- An opportunity for property owners to identify mitigation actions unique to their property;
- A detailed follow up report with customized mitigation actions designed to measurably reduce the wildfire risk to your property;
- An opportunity to earn FireSmart® Home Partners certificate acknowledging your mitigation achievements. The certificate is given upon successful completion of required mitigation actions and an on-site follow up inspection.
- This type of recognition can be used to enhance real estate transactions by reassuring prospective buyers that the
appropriate level of wildfire risk reduction has been achieved on the property.
- The mitigation certificate can also be shared with local insurance providers to showcase mitigation activities and
potentially increase a homeowner’s ability to maintain insurance coverage. FireSmart® Canada does not share the
assessment or any details of the assessment with the insurance industry.
Preparing for your FireSmart Home Partners VisitStarting your FireSmart journey to risk reduction
These are some helpful tips to get you started! Your FireSmart® Home Partners Program Assessor will provide a work plan with recommendations for your home and property.
- Remove leaves, pine needles and other debris from your roof and gutters.
- Mow grass and weeds within 10 metres of the house to 10 centimetres in length, or less.
- Clear all dead plants, leaves, and weeds within 10 metres of your home. Maintain a 1.5 metre noncombustible zone around your home and deck by sweeping or raking down to mineral soil, rock or concrete.
- Move combustible items such as toys, patio furniture, cushions, decorative items, firewood, and potted plants, that are on or under your deck and within 10 metres of your home. Move all combustible items into your home or garage and find permanent storage.
- If you have a combustible fence that attaches to your home: Clear vegetation and debris along both sides of combustible
- If you have a propane tank located on your property:
- Propane tanks should be moved to 10 metres away from structures.
- Remove weeds and other debris from area around large stationary propane tanks so there is no combustible material near tank