Canada contains about nine percent of the world’s forests, and each year about 8,000 forest fires occur, with an average of 2.5 million hectares of land burned.1 If you live in western Canada especially, the risk of a wildfire damaging or destroying your home may be greater this year than in previous years, mostly due to climate change. But there are things you can to do keep your home safe and prevent damage from fires in your area. Below, we’ve listed a few ideas.
What causes wildfires?2
Preparing ahead of time
If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires or may have experienced a fire in past years, here are a few things you can do to prepare your home for the season and help prevent wildfire damage:
What to do if you see a wildfire approaching
Your top concern during a wildfire should be to keep yourself and your family safe. Everything else can be replaced. If conditions become too dangerous, you should immediately evacuate your home. Your Chubb Homeowners policy will respond to covered losses. If you still have time to act and the fires have not yet threatened your safety, here are some things you can do to mitigate the damage: