Wildfire season in Canada has arrived early this year with over 800 fires starting within the last month alone. The heatwave has dried out our forests like never before, with multiple provinces updating their fire risk to “Extremely Extreme.” In the event that you find yourself near a wildfire, here are some tips on how to be prepared.
- Staying informed
The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) has daily maps that display fire danger and fire occurrence nationwide.
Monitor weather, listen to local authorities, and prepare to evacuate.
- British Colombia Wildfire Information
- Alberta Wildfire Information
- Saskatchewan Wildfire Information
- Manitoba Wildfire Information
- Ontario Wildfire Information
- Quebec Wildfire Information
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
The BC provincial government has prepared a list of items that should be packed and ready to go in the event of a fire. The list can be found here.
- 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 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 evacuation notice, please contact your local office to find out the next steps to take.
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