New tools to reduce fire risk
McGuinty Government Promotes Fire Safety During Wildfire Prevention Week
New tools are now available to help homeowners reduce the wildfire threat on their property.
The FireSmart Home Assessment Test and FireSmart Home Owners Manual developed by the Ministry of Natural Resources can help rural landowners determine the risk of wildfire and offer suggestions on how to reduce that risk. They offer suggestions on everything from building materials and roof types to the kind of trees surrounding homes.
Wildfire Prevention Week, which runs from April 20 to 26, is a good time to remove fire hazards from around rural properties. To help prevent wildfires, homeowners can clean up grass and other leafy waste, take extra care when burning debris and use fire resistant plants on their property.
- On average, 1,350 wildfires consume about 125,000 hectares of forested land in Ontario each year.
- Forest fires can travel through the crowns of trees at up to 15 kilometres per hour.
- Communities can reduce the risk of wildfire by trimming or removing shrubs and evergreen trees around homes, encouraging the use of fire resistant building materials and using appropriate subdivision design.
“Public Safety is our number one priority and the Ministry of Natural Resources is pleased to work with the Ontario Fire Marshal to encourage everyone to take precautions to prevent wildfires wherever they live in Ontario.”
“Fire departments and forest fire agencies will be sharing the FireSmart message with people to reduce the serious risk of wildfire and the potential for loss of property and life.”