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Jun 20, 2024

The Homeowner’s Guide to Navigating Wildfire Season

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Jun 20, 2024

The Homeowner’s Guide to Navigating Wildfire Season

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By Ivonne García,
Editorial and Content Specialist
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By Ivonne García,
Editorial and Content Specialist

Annual widespread wildfires and flooding have unfortunately become a regular occurrence in BC. In 2023, more than 2.84 million hectares of forest and land burned around the province. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate, and hundreds of homes and structures were lost or damaged.

Undoubtedly, climate change is at the top of many British Columbians’ minds. So much so, that preparing for and mitigating climate change disasters was a top priority for the last federal election.  

Extreme events like wildfires can affect you and your home, so we have prepared some resources to help you make informed decisions when buying or selling your home.  

Become FireSmart

A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warns that wildfires and extreme weather will worsen if we don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If we keep polluting at the current rate, global temperatures could rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040. Even if we meet the Paris Agreement targets, temperatures are still expected to rise.

As a homeowner, you must understand the risks and take steps to protect yourself and your community. You can make your home more resilient to wildfires by following the BC Government’s FireSmart guidelines, which help reduce hazards on your property.

Insure Your Property

You must review and update your insurance coverage to prepare for wildfire season. Ensuring you have comprehensive coverage, understanding what your policy covers, creating an inventory of your belongings, keeping important documents safe, and staying informed about wildfire risks in your area are all crucial steps. You can follow our Five Insurance Tips for Wildfire Season to understand the dos and don’ts better.

When selling or purchasing a property that may be vulnerable to natural disasters like wildfires, it's essential to consult your REALTOR®. They can provide you with invaluable information about the site's history, local risks, and effective mitigation measures. REALTORS® are equipped with the expertise and resources to help you make informed decisions and take the necessary precautions to protect your investment and personal safety.

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By Ivonne García,
Editorial and Content Specialist