Dan Houser (left) and John Salewski of B.C. Wildfire Service present FireSmart information during the City of Quesnel’s Forestry Innovation Centre open house Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The City of Quesnel is encouraging residents to participate in FireSmart Awareness Month this May. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Quesnel residents encouraged to participate in FireSmart Awareness Month

The City of Quesnel is holding a photo contest and asking residents to fill out a survey

Taking proactive steps now can help protect your home and property from wildfire, and during the month of May, the City of Quesnel’s Forestry Initiatives Program is encouraging residents to participate in FireSmart Awareness Month.

FireSmart Awareness Month is designed to bring awareness and highlight the importance of FireSmarting homes and properties.

The FireSmart program helps property owners reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their home and property, as well as their surrounding neighbours.

“It’s essential to be proactive in reducing the risk of wildfire damage to property,” according to a news release from the City. “Whether doing regular yard maintenance or making large-scale changes during renovations or landscaping, residents can make choices that will help protect their home from wildfire.”

During FireSmart Awareness Month, Quesnel residents can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a local building supply store by completing the City’s FireSmart Community Survey or by sharing their FireSmart project through the City’s photo contest.

The survey will give the FireSmart team valuable information about Quesnel’s FireSmart awareness and interest in FireSmart home assessments, as well as help identify ways for the team to support the community, according to the news release.

The online survey is open until May 31. Paper copies of the survey are available by mail as well. Contact City Hall at 250-992-2111 or email cityhall@quesnel.ca to request your copy.

To submit your project photo to the photo contest, email before and after pictures to firesmart@quesnel.ca by May 31.

For more information about the FireSmart program, visit firesmartbc.ca.

READ MORE: Importance of FireSmarting your home highlighted at Quesnel open house


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