Protecting Your Home

The Town of Creston Fire Department offers steps to help protect your home in a wildfire. The steps are broken up into how much money they will cost.
  1. No Cost
  2. Minimal Cost ($10-$250)
  3. Moderate Cost ($250-$1000)
  4. High Cost ($1000+)

  • Always have a shovel on hand and hook up the garden hose before you start the fire.
  • Be a FireSmart advocate. Tell others of the dangers and risks, leading them by example.
  • Check your fire extinguishers. Are they still charged? Are they easy to get to in an emergency? Does everyone in the family know where they are and how to use them?
  • Clean your roof and gutters of leaves and pine needles (best done fall and spring).
  • Clear deadwood and dense flammable vegetation from your home’s defensible space.
  • Clear the view of your house numbers so it can be easily seen from the street.
  • Compost leaves in the fall, don’t burn them.
  • Contact your utility company if trees or branches are not clear of power lines.
  • Get involved to know your community’s disaster mitigation plans.
  • Have flammable liquids and propane tanks stored on non-flammable ground cover such as gravel around them for at least 10 feet.
  • If you are building a new home, talk to the developer and local zoning officials about building standards and materials recommended to reduce your risk of loss in the event of a wildfire.
  • If you burn your brush piles or grass, get a burning permit if you are in municipal boundaries. If you are outside municipal boundaries, check BC Forestry regulations regarding burning in your area.
  • If you have a burn barrel that you use for trash, stop doing that.
  • Maintain a green lawn for 10 metres (30 feet) around your home that is mowed and watered.
  • Move your firewood pile out of your home’s defensible space. Store wood more than 10 metres (30 feet) from house, avoiding down slope location.
  • Never burn if the some and flames are blowing towards your home, your neighbors’ home, forested areas or any other combustible material.
  • Perform a FireSmart assessment of your home.
  • Plan and discuss an escape plan with your family. Have a practice drill. Include your pets, often forgotten in wildfire evacuations.
  • Prune all tree branches to a height of 2 metres (6 feet).
  • Prune branches overhanging the driveway to have 4.5 metres (14 feet) high
  • Put a hose (at least a 100 feet long) on a rack and attach it to an outside faucet.
  • Relocate propane tanks inside the defensible space but at least 10 feet away from the house.
  • Remove all coniferous trees, long grass, conifer shrubs, logs, branches for at least 10 metres (30 feet) away from the house, especially if your home is in a high risk area.
  • Remove trees along the driveway to make it 4 metres (12 feet) wide to accommodate emergency vehicles.
  • Review your homeowner’s insurance policy for adequate coverage. Consult your insurance agent about costs of rebuilding and repairs in your area.
  • Talk to your children about not starting fires or playing with matches.