PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM SEVERE WIND
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Number of stories
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Exterior cladding (siding, roofing) rated for severe winds
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Storage for outdoor items (trampoline, playground equipment, gazebo, tables, etc.)
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Outdoor accessories are securely anchored (air conditioning, satellite dishes, hot water tanks, etc.)
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Roof, overhangs and attachments
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Roof, overhangs and attachments
Roof to wall connection
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5/8-inch plywood roof decking
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Roof deck attachment
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Secondary water resistance (roof membrane and sealed seams)
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Porch, patio and carport anchored
for wind loads
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Columns anchored to the foundation
and roof beam
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Windows and doors
Opening protection (impact-resistant storm shutters, panels, screens, or combined window-door units)
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Height is six feet or less
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Garage door is pressure-rated or reinforced
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Proper locks and hinges are on double-entry doors to resist wind pressure
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WALLS - Wood frame construction
Bottom plates are anchored to the foundation (connectors, structural sheathing, load-specific nailing)
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Upper story is anchored to the lower story
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No windows or doors are near corners of the house
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Rebar connects the foundation to wall (four-foot spacing)
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Rebar reinforcement is the full height
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Vertical rebar reinforcement is at the corners and both sides of windows and doors
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Other building systems
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PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM FLOODING
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Has your basement ever flooded?
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Do you pour fats and cooking oils and grease down the sink?
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Are the sewer grates in front of your home clear of debris?
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Have you cleaned your eaves and downspouts within the past year?
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Are there any unsealed cracks in your foundation or basement floor?
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Are your downspouts directing water metres (6 feet) away from your home?
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Is the soil directly beside your home 10 to 15 cm higher than the soil 1.5 metres away from the home?
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Does your home have a backwater valve?
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Does your home have a sump-pump?
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Have you tested thesump-pump in the last 12 months?
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Does your sump-pump have a back-up power source?
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Are any of your eavestrough downspouts connected to the municipal sewer system?
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Do you have a reverse sloped driveway?
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Do you have basement windows close to the surface of your lot?
PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM SNOW & ICE STORMS
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Has your home ever been damaged by winter weather? (roof leaks, full or partial roof collapse, wall cracks, sagging ridge line, frozen pipes)
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Is the slope of your roof sufficient to shed snow and ice? (more than 10 cm vertically in 30 cm horizontally)
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Does your roof have significant obstructions (chimneys, skylights, dormers) where snow and ice can collect?
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Have you cleaned debris from your roof drainage systems (scuppers, gutters and downspouts)?
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Is there any vegetation that overhangs your roof and contributes to blockages in roof drainage systems?
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Do you own electric heating cables, or a chemical de-icer?
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Have you inspected your attic for heat sources FROM ATTIC ACCESS DOORS?
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Have you inspected your attic for heat sources from LIGHT FIXTURES WITHOUT INSULATION?
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Do you have any un-insulated pipes exposed to cold air?
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Do you have any leaks or penetrations in the attic that allow cold air into your home?
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During severe cold snaps do you Open your taps to keep water moving?
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During severe cold snaps do you Maintain a constant thermostat temperature during the night and day?
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During severe cold snaps do you Open your kitchen and sink cabinets to warmer air?
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During severe cold snaps do you Keep your garage door closed?
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Before leaving your house for an extended period of time during cold weather do you Keep the thermostat set to no lower than 12 C?
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Before leaving your house for an extended period of time during cold weather do you Make sure a neighbour checks to see your house temperature is not too low?
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Before leaving your house for an extended period of time during cold weather do you Drain your water system by opening the taps?
PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM EARTHQUAKES
Foundation and Walls
Is the masonry reinforced and the sill plate secured to the foundation?
Foundation and Walls
Are the cripple walls reinforced?
Are the floor systems connected using metal ties or framing anchors?
Are the wall elements reinforced,well connected and anchored to the foundation?
Is the garage door opening secured with steel bracing or plywood panels?
Are the windows and glass doors protected against breakage?
What roof covering does the home have?
Does the roof sheathing include structural grade plywood or OSB?
Is there blocking between rafters/ trusses for the roof framing and is it anchored to the wall?
Does the home have a large skylight?
Is the chimney properly reinforced and braced?
Inside the Home
Are light fixtures secured?
Inside the Home
Are the home’s suspended ceilings attached to the structure with safety cables?
Are major appliances and the water heater anchored to the wall using safety cables?
PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRE
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Vents and Openings
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Building exterior condition
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Ground-to- siding clearance
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Balcony, deck or porch
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Setback from edge of slope
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YARD Non‐combustible Zone (0 – 1.5 metres) 1.5 metres from furthest extent of home (includes overhangs, extensions and decks)
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YARD Zone 1 (1.5 – 10 metres) Woodpiles and other combustible materials storage (Vehicles, construction materials, debris etc.)
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YARD Zone 1 (1.5 – 10 metres) Unmitigated building locations (buildings that are not mitigated to the same standards as primary home)
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YARD Zone 1 (1.5 – 10 metres) Forest vegetation within 10 metres of home
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YARD Zone 1 (1.5 – 10 metres) Surface vegetation and combustible materials
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YARD Zone 2 (10 – 30 metres) Forest vegetation
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YARD Zone 2 (10 – 30 metres) Surface vegetation
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YARD Zone 2 (10 – 30 metres) Flammable shrub spacing
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YARD Zone 2 (10 – 30 metres) Low lying tree branches
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YARD Zone 3 (30 – 100 metres) Forest vegetation
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YARD Zone 3 (30 – 100 metres) Surface vegetation
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YARD Zone 3 (30 – 100 metres) Flammable shrub spacing
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YARD Zone 3 (30 – 100 metres) Low lying tree branches
PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM HAIL
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Do you live in or near a high-risk hail zone? (see map)
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General - Has your home been damaged by hail before?
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General - If you own a car, do you always park it in a covered space (eg. carport or garage)?
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Roof - Is your roof covered with an Impact Resistant (IR) product (class 4 asphalt, rubber, metal, cement, other)?
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Roof - Is your roof steep, moderately steep or flat/almost flat?
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Roof - Do you have underlayment (i.e. ice and water shield) under your roof covering?
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Roof - Do you have skylights?
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Siding - Is your home cladded with masonry, cement fibre board or aluminum/vinyl siding?
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Doors and windows - Are your doors and windows rated for impact resistance (IR)?
PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM EXTREME HEAT
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Does the area you live in experience many days that are hotter than 30°C?
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Do you find that the interior of your home gets uncomfortably hot during high-heat days?
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Do you have deciduous trees that shed leaves in winter, shading windows on south, east and west exposures?
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Is your property landscaped with ‘evergreen’ coniferous trees or hedges to provided a windbreak or filter against harsh winds, particularly in winter?
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Does your property have a minimum 25 per cent tree cover (excluding roof area)?
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Are your windows single, double or triple-paned glass?
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Do none, some, or all of your windows open for improved ventilation?
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Are none, some or all of your windows (particularly on south, east and west exposures) shaded, either with permanent fixtures (e.g. covered porches, brise-soleils, louvres) or other products (eg. exterior roll shutters, exterior screens, rollout awnings, window films)?
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Is the interior of your home adequately lit by natural light during daylight hours?
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Does your home have a ‘cool roof’ or a green roof?
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Is the insulation in your exterior walls and attic adequate to control heat gain/loss in your home?
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