Home & Site Hazard Assessment

Please take the time and answer the following eleven questions by selecting the most appropriate answer for each of the questions. When you are finished, press the “What’s my score?” button and your individual risk level will be displayed.

Questions Answers Select One
What kind of roofing material do you have? Asphalt shingles, metal, clay tile or ULC rated shakes
Unrated wooden shakes
How clean is your roof? No needles, leaves or other combustible materials
A scattering of needles and leaves
Clogged gutters and extensive leaf litter
What is the exterior of your home built out of? Non-combustible material stucco, metal siding, brick
Logs or heavy timbers
Wood, vinyl siding or wood shakes
Are your eaves and vents closed up and screened? Closed eaves and vents with 3 mm wire mesh
Closed eaves and vents with no mesh
Open eaves, open vents
Have you screened in your balcony, deck or porch? All decks, balconies and porches are screened or sheathed in with fire resistant material
All decks, balconies and porches are screened or sheathed with combustible material
Decks, balconies and porches are not screened or sheathed in
How fire resistant are your windows and doors? Tempered glass in all doors/windows
Double pane glass: Small/Medium
Double pane glass: Large
Single pane glass: Small/Medium
Single pane glass: Large
Where is your woodpile located? More than 10 metres from any building
Less than 10 metres from any building
Is your home set back from the edge of a slope? Building is located on the bottom or lower portion of a hill
Building located on the mid to upper portion or crest of a hill
What type of forest surrounds your home, and how far away is it? Deciduous trees (poplar, birch) within 10 metres of buildings
Deciduous trees 10-30 metres from buildings
Mixed wood (poplar, birch, spruce or pine) within 10 metres of buildings
Mixed wood 10-30 metres from buildings
Conifers (spruce, pine or fir) within 10 metres of buildings, separated
Conifers (spruce, pine or fir) within 10 metres of buildings, continuous
Conifers (spruce, pine or fir) within 10-30 metres of buildings, separated
Conifers (spruce, pine or fir) within 10-30 metres of buildings, continuous
What kind of vegetation grows in the zone around your buildings? Well watered lawn or non-combustible landscaping material
Uncut wild grass or shrubs within 10 metres of buildings
Uncut wild grass or shrubswithin 10-30 metres of buildings
Dead and down woody material within 10 metres of buildings, scattered
Dead and down woody material within 10 metres of buildings, abundant
Dead and down woody material within 10-30 metres of buildings, scattered
Dead and down woody material within 10-30 metres of buildings, abundant
Are there abundant underbrush and ladder fuels in the surrounding forest? None within 10-30 metres
Scattered within 10-30 metres of buildings
Abundant within 10-30 metres of buildings

Source: The Home Owners FireSmart Manual, B.C. Edition