What you need to know about wildfire safety

Nobody ever plans on their home or family being affected by a wildfire, but unfortunately, it happens more often than you might think. With the recent wildfires in British Columbia causing a state of emergency to be declared in many areas across the province, now is a good time to make sure you’re prepared to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings in the event of a wildfire.

Be Prepared

As with any natural disaster, being prepared and planning for the unexpected is vital. Take time to create and practice an emergency plan with your family. This should include specific plans for reuniting with family members in the event that you are separated during an evacuation.

It is also wise to have emergency luggage packed that contains a couple days’ worth of clothing, medications, a cell phone charger, and toiletries in the event that you are evacuated. Furthermore, if you live in an area that could be affected by wildfires, be sure to keep your car’s fuel tank full at all times. The last thing you want is to be evacuated, only to find out that you don’t have enough fuel to get outside the evacuation area.

In the Event of a Wildfire

If wildfires are reported in your area, take precautionary steps in the event you are asked to evacuated. Specifically, be sure to shut off the gas supply to your home and remove any flammable materials from around your home if time allows, . Dousing your roof and nearby shrubs with water may also help to create a protective barrier of sorts around your home.

Always keep an eye on local news reports during fire season and if an evacuation is ordered follow the routes posted by local officials to stay safe. Do not delay in evacuating, and do not take “back roads” that are not listed in the posted evacuation route. Doing so could put you and your loved ones in danger and never return home following an evacuation until you’re explicitly told it’s safe to do so.

Hopefully, you will never be in a situation where you need to evacuate due to a wildfire. However if the need arises, taking steps to be safe and prepared could make all the difference.  

You never know when a fire could happen and most insurance companies will not provide new or additional coverage within 50km of an active fire zone. To provide peace of mind, ensure you are covered all year round. To ensure you’re adequately covered or to get a free quote, contact our Insurance Service Centre