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How to build a fire without starting a fire

During the summer, everyone loves to get together around a good campfire. However, you need to be constantly alert to keep your fire from spreading. You also need to make sure you are fully aware of any fire bans or restrictions in your area. 

Ivory Wayne Burns wants to share his story

Recently I was invited to visit James Smith Cree Nation for their Community Health Fair where an Elder approached me and said “Hello, I have a story and I want you to write it down.”

Specialized team helps fly-in community evacuate and return home

While Red Cross volunteers are known for their resourcefulness and dedication, there’s one team that really goes a step above and beyond: the Supporting Evacuation and Repatriation Team (SERT) team.

After a fire destroyed their home, a Hamilton family is grateful for the memories that survived

Every time Dan hears about another family affected by a house fire, his mind takes him back to a day in March 2017, when his family had their own unimaginable experience. Read about how the Red Cross helped, and how a treasured memory was saved. 

Taking the time to make an evacuation plan saves lives in Moose Jaw

On December 11th, 2017 a fire broke out at the Crestview Housing Cooperative in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan damaging several of the apartments and displacing a lot of the residents. In an overwhelming show of support, the citizens of Moose Jaw, with help from some teams from the Canadian Red Cross, rallied to the scene.

Red Cross helps Saskatchewan family affected by house fire

The day after Christmas in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan this year was chilly: -35C chilly. Carmen, Jordy, one-year old Otis and the family cat decided to enjoy a fire in their fireplace to warm up. They didn’t know that a squirrel had been hoarding pinecones in their chimney. Their living room quickly filled with smoke and soon the roof of their old home was in flames. 

Max the dog to the rescue

Guy Lozeau will never forget the night of October 11, 2011. He remembers pushing away his dog Max, who was desperately trying to wake him up. Thick black smoke was already filling the apartment, but the hum from the air conditioning was covering up the sound of the smoke detectors.

It’s okay for adults to cry too: A family's nightmarish New Year’s Eve

On December 31, Geneviève Gauvin was curling her six-year-old daughter’s hair for New Year’s Eve when she heard someone knock on the door, shouting for her to get out. The building was on fire!

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