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Regional Emergency Services launches FireSmart Begins at Home Campaign

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 10, 2019) – This week, Regional Emergency Services launched the FireSmart Begins at Home campaign to help educate residents on the actions they can take at home to reduce their risk of wildfire damage.

“It’s wildfire season in the region and it’s also Emergency Preparedness Week, so there’s no better time than now to start thinking about the risks that exist here on our landscape, and the steps we can all take mitigate those risks,” said Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief.

The goal of the campaign is to help residents identify potential wildfire hazards that may exist around their homes and properties and to provide them with information on FireSmart actions they can take to reduce those hazards. In most cases, these FireSmart solutions are cost-effective and take little time to complete. Some key tips include:

  • Moving firewood piles and propane tanks away from your home
  • Cleaning debris from your roof, lawn and gutters on a regular basis
  • Keeping grass cut and watered, especially in dry weather conditions
  • Creating a 1.5 metre non-combustible space around your home and deck

 “The FireSmart actions we’re promoting in this campaign are actions that almost any homeowner in our region can take,” said Butz. “In the winter months, we spend a lot of time mitigating wildfire risk on our Municipally-owned land through our vegetation management projects. Now, we’re looking to our residents to help us continue this hazard reduction work by making FireSmart changes at home.”

Helpful FireSmart tips will be posted regularly on the Regional Emergency Services’ social media pages and will also be made available across the region in various formats.

For tips, guides and resources on how to become more FireSmart around your home and property, visit rmwb.ca/FireSmartAtHome. 



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