Urban Forest Fire

How Can I Prepare For An Urban Forest Fire?

  • Have an emergency plan for you and your family (use the Government of Canada’s guide) and practice fire drills regularly with your family.
  • Keep a 72-hour emergency kit at home.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher at home and know how to use it.
  • Have a good sprinkler and keep it accessible.
  • Have a working smoke detector on every floor and in all sleeping areas. Change the batteries every six months.

What Should I Do If I See A Forest Fire Approaching My Home?

  • Call 9-1-1 if you see a wildfire that seems to be unattended.
  • Stay tuned to your local radio station for up-to-date information on the fire and possible road closures.
  • Keep all doors and windows closed.
  • Remove flammable window coverings.
  • Keep all the lights on to help you see better in case smoke fills the house.
  • If enough water is available, turn sprinklers on to wet the roof and any water-proof valuables.
  • Be prepared to evacuate your family and pets to a safe location and do so if told by authorities.

Public Safety has a number of additional tips on how to protect your family and property in the event of a wildfire.

Some original information sourced from Public Safety Canada.