You can help when help is most needed. Give to the Red Cross.
Personal disasters typically affect one household. House fires are one of the most common examples and those happen without notice and most often during winter months.
The Canadian Red Cross wants you and your family to be prepared.
Canadians receive personal disaster assistance from us each year.
of Red Cross responses in the last 5 years have been for personal disasters.
In Canada, there are about
house fires each year.
2 out of 3
Canadians say they have not taken steps to prepare in the event of a disaster.
Heating equipment-related fires
Clothes dryer, lighting and other equipment (combined)
Keep flammable items away from heat sources
Never leave candles or stoves unattended
Talk to your children about the dangers of fire
Water Christmas trees regularly and use approved lights
Make sure everyone can locate your emergency kit and water supply
Establish a safe place for everyone to meet
Include a plan for evacuating your pets
Practice the evacuation plan frequently
This kit contains basic items your household may need in an emergency situation
It should be able to sustain you and your family for 72 hours
Key items: water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, cash, keys and important family documents
We build relationships with local government and make sure we are ready to respond.
Our Canada-wide network of trained volunteers is ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All Canadian Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge to anyone who needs it.
The Canadian Red Cross provides services including emergency lodging, food and clothing.
The Canadian Red Cross created an easy-to-follow Fire Recovery Guide to give advice to anyone who needs it.
Each month, thousands of Canadians experience a personal disaster and find themselves needing food, warmth and comfort. You can help them by giving a gift that truly matters.
Sources: Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners 2007 Fire Losses in Canada Report | Canadian Red Cross
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