Recently this month, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) published a research paper that focused on the fire risk of reconstructed Canadian homes following a fire disaster. In the study, 445 homes at two key post-fire sites were rated and compared for fire hazards based on official FireSmart Canada guidelines. FireSmart is a wildfire risk awareness program established by Partners in Protection, a multidisciplinary nonprofit association dedicated to wildfire safety and protection in Canada.
FireSmart works by facilitating networks of homeowners, fire departments, industry companies, and government officials through partnerships to reduce the threat of wildfire in their communities. Seven foundational disciplines are at the heart of FireSmart, which are Education, Vegetation Management, Legislation and Planning, Development Considerations, Interagency Cooperation, Emergency Planning, and Cross Training. It is through these key disciplines that FireSmart strives to promote wildfire safety and awareness to the public.
To accomplish this goal, FireSmart developed a set of guidelines for community members to follow for their homes to be FireSmart safe-approved. These guidelines were used by the ICLR to review the homes in their new research study. Homeowners can see the report’s results by clicking here.
Is Your Home FireSmart Safe?
Concerned about wildfires in your area? Homeowners can take action and make their homes FireSmart safe by doing the following things:
Though no one wants to see wildfire damage in their home, it’s good to know that homeowner’s insurance covers fire damage in many cases. To find out how your insurance policy would work in a wildfire incident, you can contact our team anytime at DLIB. And remember, stay safe and be FireSmart!