Wildfire season in BC has arrived early this year with 206 fires starting within the last month alone. The BC heatwave has dried out our forests like never before as the province sets its fire risk to “Extremely Extreme.” In the event that you find yourself near a wildfire, here are some tips on how to be prepared.
- Devise an escape plan with your family
- Make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event you are evacuated. Making a list can help to ensure that no one gets left behind, and nothing is forgotten.
- Have an emergency bag packed and ready
- Remove hazardous materials from around your property
- Dried branches, sticks and leaves are catalysts for fire, and to help slow the spread of a wildfire, it is recommended to regularly clear these debris from your residence.
- If you live on a farm or ranch find an alternate location to move your livestock to
- Wildfires can spread rapidly, especially in BC’s dry summers, if you keep livestock it is important that you have a plan on where you can bring them while you wait out a possible evacuation order.
Fire coverage is the basis of all of Westland’s personal lines insurance policies, meaning that if you are without a home due to a fire, we’ve got you covered. If you are currently under an evacuation notice, please contact your local office to find out the next steps to take. Find out which office is closest to you by visiting https://www.westlandinsurance.ca/bc/our-locations