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Wildfires already have been raging in British Columbia, and that’s good reminder to do everything possible to protect yourself and your house should a fire start in your region.

PreparedBC has helpful resources like the “Homeowners’ Manual: FireSmart Begins at Home”

It illustrates the steps you can take to reduce the risk of fires destroying your home, including using zones to make your outdoor space more fire resistant.

For instance the area closest to your house should be free of all materials that could easily ignite. It also shows you how to create fire breaks; prune and properly space trees; and choose trees and plants that are most resistant to fire.

Another guide, the “Household Preparedness Guide”, gives you tips on how to react to and prepare for an emergency.

It includes everything from creating phone lists and establishing meeting places, to understanding how to cut your utilities and what to pack in a grab-and-go-bag if you have to leave your house quickly.