Be Prepared


  • Clean your chimney on a regular basis.

  • Check all smoke / carbon dioxide detectors once a year.

  • Stack firewood, propane bottles and gas cans away from your residence.

  • Make sure driveways are well marked with your civic address sign and reflectors.

  • Make sure your driveway is wide enough and ploughed well enough for any emergency vehicle to drive in and turn around.

  • Have an escape plan and make sure every member of the household is familiar with that route. Practice plan twice a year.

  • Have a designated meeting place.

  • Have a complete set of warm clothing for every member of the household stored in a structure other than the main residence.

  • Have a battery-operated radio and landline phone (not portable) on hand in case of power failure. Depending on type and range of the power failure, your cell phone might not work.

  • If you must use candles, make sure to keep them away from flammable materials, such as curtains, and out of reach from young children and pets.


  • Rake combustible materials, such as leaves and pine cones, from around your buildings.

  • Remove debris from all rain gutters.

  • Do more Fire Smarting around your buildings. In the 1st priority zone: The first 10 metres of space around your buildings should be fuel free and your grass mowed and watered. 2nd priority zone: The 10 – 30 metre area should have a low density of trees where crowns of evergreens do not touch or overlap. Tree thinning should be done in the 3rd priority zone, which is from 20 – 100 metre from your building.

  • Trim limbs to a height of 2 metre from bottom of trees.

  • If you are near a water source, place a pump nearby and install a sprinkler system on and around your buildings.

  • Obtain a free burning permit (for your burning barrel and any slash burns) between April 1st and September 30th from the Southern Lakes District office of Protective Services. THIS IS MANDATORY.