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Enhancing Wildfire Preparedness for Homeowners

May 30, 2024

As insurance brokers, we recognize the importance of wildfire safety for homeowners. The threat of wildfires can be devastating, impacting lives, property, and entire communities. We’re excited to mention the FireSmart® Begins at Home App, a powerful tool designed to empower homeowners to mitigate wildfire risks.

What Is the FireSmart® Begins at Home App?

The FireSmart® Begins at Home App is a user-friendly mobile application that guides homeowners through a self-conducted home assessment. Here’s how it works: You’ll be asked a series of property-related questions. Based on your answers, the app will provide tailored safety measures specific to your property. Its primary purpose is to help residents identify specific actions they can take on their property to reduce wildfire risks. Let’s explore its key features:


  • The app leads homeowners through a series of property-related questions.
  • By answering these questions, residents gain insights into tailored safety measures.
  • It’s like having a personalized wildfire safety consultation right on your smartphone!

Risk Identification:

  • Through the assessment process, homeowners identify potential wildfire risks unique to their property.
  • Whether overgrown vegetation, vulnerable structures, or inadequate firebreaks, the app pinpoints areas for improvement.
  • Mitigation Recommendations:
  • Based on the assessment results, the app provides practical recommendations, which may include:
      • Vegetation Management: Clearing flammable vegetation around structures.
      • Fire-Resistant Building Materials: Choosing materials that withstand fire.
      • Safe Storage Practices: Properly storing flammable items away from structures.

Community Resilience:

When individual homeowners participate, the entire community benefits. Your actions can contribute to our neighbourhood’s collective resilience, making us all safer from wildfires.

  • By collectively reducing risks, we strengthen our neighbourhood’s resilience against wildfires.
  • Education and Awareness:
  • The FireSmart® Begins at Home App educates users about wildfire behaviour.
  • It covers topics like evacuation planning and emergency preparedness.
  • Knowledgeable homeowners are better equipped to protect their families and property.

How Can Our Clients Benefit?

We strongly encourage all our clients to explore the FireSmart® Begins at Home App and utilize its features. Here’s why:

Proactive Measures: By conducting a self-assessment, homeowners can identify specific actions to reduce wildfire risks on their property.

Tailored Recommendations: The app provides customized mitigation tips based on each property’s unique characteristics.

Community Impact: Our community becomes more resilient to wildfires when more homeowners participate.

Empowerment: The knowledge gained from the app not only helps you safeguard your family and home but also makes you a key player in our community’s wildfire preparedness. Your actions matter, and they can make a significant difference.

Did you know Intact and Aviva have partnered with Wildfire Defence Services to offer supplemental protection services to policyholders in imminent danger from wildfire? This partnership aims to provide additional support and resources to homeowners facing the threat of wildfires, further enhancing their preparedness and safety measures.

By leveraging the Fire Smart App and through the partnership with Wildfire Defence Services, Intact and Aviva are committed to equipping homeowners with the necessary tools and resources to mitigate the risks associated with wildfires. This collaborative effort signifies a proactive approach to enhancing the safety and preparedness of policyholders in the face of wildfire threats.

Get Started Today!

Ready to enhance wildfire preparedness? Access the FireSmart® Begins at Home App:


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