May is FireSmart month in Quesnel and area!
KIDS COLOURING CONTEST
Back by popular demand, the FireSmart Kids Colouring Contest! We had 220 entries in 2021 – let's see if we can beat that in 2022! Kids 13 and under can enter their colouring page for a chance to win a Summer fun & FireSmart kit. Submit your entry to the drop-box at City Hall front desk or take a photo and email it to email@example.com by May 31. Winners will be announced in June and prizes will be available for pick up at City Hall.
FIRESMART INFORMATION BOOTH
Find us throughout Quesnel! Come pick up a FireSmart Begins at Home manual, learn how to carry out your own home assessment, and learn how you can get started with FireSmart-ing your home.
- Arts and Recreation Centre;
- Quesnel Farmer’s Market on May 7 and May 14;
- Quesnel Outdoor Tradeshow on May 28; and
- various other locations around town during the month of May.
Wildfire mitigation work around your home can give firefighters the best chance to defend and protect your property from wildfires, and can also substantially increase your safety and reduce the risk to life and property.
It is a free, educational assessment of your home's exterior and yard to determine your home and yard hazard score. An assessment can also be done for businesses. There are three easy ways to find out your score:
- Free FireSmart Begins at Home App: available from Google Play or the App Store, this guided, self-conducted assessment also provides FireSmart recommendations.
- Free FireSmart Begins at Home Manual: available from firesmartbc.ca, it outlines the FireSmart program and how each homeowner can make their property and neighbourhood FireSmart, and includes a self-conducted assessment score card.
- Free visit by a Local FireSmart Representative (LFR): The LFR will walk around your yard, fill out the score card, and explain the different ways that landscaping, building practices, and yard work can affect your wildfire risk. The LFR will give you a list of recommendations and can answer any questions you may have. You can also ask about neighbourhood assessments. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a visit.
Please note that there are no obligations to complete the recommendations, the assessment is not linked to your property, and no information is shared with your insurance provider - it is an educational tool only.
- FireSmart BC's website.
- FireSmart Canada's list of resources.
- FireSmart Canada's free online course FireSmart 101: for those who are just getting started with FireSmart in their community and want to learn more (takes about 30 minutes).
- The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Report on why some houses survived the Fort McMurray fire.