Wildfire home hazard assessment
To help protect your home from the risk of wildfires, District of North Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services is offering a free fire safety assessment to anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface (the area where the forest meets the community).
If you're in the District’s Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area (DPA), specially trained staff from DNVFRS will visit your home to perform a FireSmart home assessment. While walking around your home with you, they will point out any areas where you can reduce the risks of a fire jumping from the forest to your home, and provide you with a set of simple actions you can take to help protect your family and your property.
Simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and we will be in touch within one to four business days to set up an appointment.
Protecting your home from wildfires
Studies show that during a wildfire, many homes ignite due to the condition of the house and the surrounding vegetation. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the chances of your home catching fire.
For instance, adding a non-combustible roof gives your home a 70% chance of surviving a wildfire, and if you also manage the vegetation within a 10-metre radius following FireSmart recommendations, the survival rate for your home jumps to 90%.
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About the FireSmart program
The FireSmart Canada program is designed to empower the public and increase community resilience to wildfire across Canada.
The goal of the FireSmart program is to reduce the wildfire risk to property, infrastructure and public safety in the Canadian wildland/urban interface by helping communities become fire adapted.
From landscaping best practices to fire-resilient building materials, learning what you can do today to protect against wildfires can save homes and lives tomorrow.
Visit the British Columbia FireSmart website for more resources, courses and events.