The word “Firesmart” seems to be all over Quesnel in the last couple of weeks.
In large part, that’s due to Amanda Vibert, the City of Quesnel’s Local Firesmart Representative, who has been co-ordinating Firesmart workshops for the City with the Cariboo Regional District, running Firesmart booths around town and visiting homes to help people find the best ways to Firesmart their homes.
“When I go to someone’s home to do a Firesmart home assessment, most people are really concerned about the vegetation adjacent to or in and around their property,” says Vibert. “So they’re wondering what they can do about that — and then we have, from the Firesmart perspective, concerns about the building materials that people use and again the vegetation. That’s a really big thing.”
Something Vibert looks out for when assessing homes is the proximity of things like woodchips near the home. Some building materials, like vinyl siding which melts, are also worse than others. Concrete, metal siding and stucco are all more fire-resistant materials.
“If people are interested in having their home assessed, I can put them on my list and come out to their house,” says Vibert. “So, like a real home-specific assessment of their property and give them recommendations on things they could do.”