Firesmart and wildfire adaptation
It has been shown that FireSmart buildings and structures with sprinkler installations have a 90% chance of surviving wildfire.
Wildfire adaptation is a term we use for when FireSmart recommendations are implemented around homes, communities, and landscapes that meet or exceed FireSmart’s standards. Wildfire adaptation can involve fuel and landscape modifications, structural changes to at-risk buildings, sprinkler installations, community wildfire protection plans, prescribed burns, and annual re-assessments.
Fire adaptation work within a ten meter area surrounding a home has been shown to have the most impact in protecting the home from wildfire. We at WildFire AP believe that home and community protection is best achieved by property-level planning on a community-level scale, beginning at the structure and moving out into the landscape.
Communities working with us will achieve FireSmart Community Recognition status, a national recognition program that certifies communities that have developed a FireSmart plan and implemented wildfire risk mitigation measures.
Doing wildfire adaptation and FireSmart work has the benefits of creating stronger community connections, creating work within communities, increasing property values, decreasing insurance premiums, and reducing the stress and harm caused by wildfire and the loss of homes. FireSmart communities are also easier to defend from wildfire, thus increasing the efficiency of municipal and provincial firefighting resources and decreasing the likelihood of wildfire disasters.
Ask your insurance provider about possible rebates if you are considering Firesmart work and sprinkler installations.