In case of wildfire
In a major disaster, fire protection agencies may not have enough equipment and personnel to be at every home. Taking all proper precautions before a wildfire will be your best defense against it. If a wildfire is threatning your home:
- Call the fire department or 9-1-1
- Close windows and doors to the house and close all inside doors.
- Take down light drapes and move furniture away from windows and shut every curtain.
- Move all combustible materials (lawn furniture, firewood) away from your house.
- Place water in containers to fight the fire.
- Place a ladder against the front of the house.
- Turn off gas at the meter or propane tank.
- Turn on porch and other outside lights.
- Pack essentials and valuables into your car in case you have to leave in a rush.
- Back car into garage and close garage door. Leave keys in the ignition.
- If you have a combustible roof, wet it down with the garden hose or by putting lawn sprinklers on the roof.
- Evacuate family and pets to a safe location.
After you have done everything on your checklist and the fire is close, it is time to evacuate.
Abridged from: "It Could Happen to you!- How to Protect your Home." Courtesy of the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission. and "FireSmart Protecting your Community from Wildfire". Alberta Land and Forest Service.
If you would like more information on how you can reduce the risk of losing your home to wildfire. You can reach us by email or by mail at:
The Forest Protection Division
Fire Management Group
NS Dept of Natural Resources
PO Box 130
Nova Scotia, Canada. B0N 2H0