During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is particularly important that each one of us take all possible precautions to prevent wildfire. Limiting the number of human-caused or preventable fires helps reduce the risk of exposure to fire crews and the public. Wildfire prevention efforts can also increase public safety, reduce the impacts on values-at-risk and limit the cost of fire response.
This year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) is launching the FireSmart Starts in Your Backyard contest to encourage people to work on local projects that reduce the risk of wildfire. This will allow Northwest Territories residents to protect their property while respecting current health and safety orders.
1. Download the free FireSmart Begins at Home app at www.firesmartcanada.ca. This new app is easy to use on your phone and can show you how to protect your property from wildfire while maintaining physical distance.
2. Use the app to reduce wildfire risks in the Home Ignition Zone. Whether it’s removing dry leaves and pine needles around your home’s foundation, roof, gutter or deck, moving wood piles at least 10 metres from your home, or keeping your lawn mowed and watered, we want to see what you’ve done this fire season!
3. Tell us about it! Fill out the entry form and email before and after photos showing what you did to protect your home, and you’ll be entered into the draw.
Three winners will be selected from each region:
1st Prize – Backyard maintenance kit, including a lawn mower and weed trimmer (approx. $1000 value)
2nd Prize – Gas barbeque (approx. $500 value)
3rd Prize – Leaf blower (approx. $250 value)
For entry forms, prizes and full contest details, including plenty of FireSmart ideas, visit: www.enr.gov.nt.ca/backyard-contest.
Contest closes June 29, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced on July 3.