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Letter: Some advice for homeowners during fire season

Editor: When the forest fires occurred in 2017 and, on alert most weeks of the summer, we decided to do more than just save our personal belongings. We were going to stay and save our home if it was at all possible.
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Editor:

When the forest fires occurred in 2017 and, on alert most weeks of the summer, we decided to do more than just save our personal belongings.

We were going to stay and save our home if it was at all possible. To our good fortune, our home did not burn. It was decided that we would fireproof our home. We started by replacing the shingles on the roofs of our home and buildings with metal roofing. The vinyl siding, which is so prevalent on homes today, was replaced with stucco. By doing so, it did more than make us feel comfortable, if there were to be another fire.

In the three years since we undertook this project, we showed the insurance company what we had done. My insurance rate dropped, albeit ever so slightly. My hydro bills dropped significantly and we observed that our home stayed relatively cool during extreme heat. On alert again this year, I will be more prepared to evacuate with the comfort of knowing my house will get scorched on the exterior but will remain intact.

Also, dishwashers today have stainless steel innards. Fire cannot penetrate to the inside of the dishwasher and acts like a fireproof safe. With your framed photos, place each one individually in the slots on the bottom rack. Place your jewelry and documents in a can and place on the top rack. Close the door to the lock position.

You could also use your oven to protect some things but it may be compromised in the fact that the oven door is not totally sealed. If you can’t do these ideas, dig a hole in your yard, place your valuables in a can, tape the lid down and fill the hole with the dirt. Food for thought.

Lois Ward
Kamloops