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Preparing to return home after a house fire

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Fires are one of the most common emergencies experienced by Canadians in their home. Home fires can happen anywhere and any time, but most commonly occur between December and March. There’s a lot you can do to prevent it from happening, however. Here are some steps to follow before returning home after a house fire.

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6 common kitchen mistakes that start fires

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Many of us have found ourselves baking and cooking more. With all this increased kitchen action, there’s also bound to be accidents. Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires in Canada. Take a look at some common habits that may lead to a kitchen fire.

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In 10 minutes, your life can turn upside down.

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When lightning strikes, disaster can follow in mere minutes. Elizabeth, her husband, four children and family dog escaped a sudden home fire, and were grateful for the support of the Red Cross Personal Disaster Assistance Team in Prince Albert, SK. 

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Red Cross responders share B.C. Fires experiences: Being able to provide this support is just a beautiful thing to do

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Since the start of this year’s wildfires season in British Columbia in mid-June, more than 1,600 wildfires were recorded in the province, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes throughout the province. The Canadian Red Cross sent close to 200 employees and volunteers from across the country to help support individuals, families and communities affected by the wildfires.

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Red Cross provides wellness supports for Manitobans evacuated due to wildfires

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Sharla Kojima is a safety and wellbeing responder on deployment with the Canadian Red Cross in Manitoba working with First Nation members evacuated to Winnipeg because of air quality concerns due to wildfires. Her help has been very appreciated by those impacted, as shown in this comment card.

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Red Cross helps firefighters battle flames instead of COVID-19

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In late June, a plane full of firefighters touched down in Sudbury to help protect communities in Northern Ontario. Shortly after the team stepped off the aircraft, the Canadian Red Cross immediately set to work, ensuring their task would not be more difficult than usual.

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Helping after Newfoundland housefires – volunteer Herica’s experience

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Emergency Response Volunteers, like Herica in Newfoundland, play a big part in coordinating access to food, shelter, clothing, comfort and emotional support to Canadians affected by emergencies and disasters.

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Making a difference on the front line

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Red Cross volunteer Jack McCaskill helped respond to the wildfires in British Columbia in 2017. Here, he shares his experiences as a front line volunteer, and how volunteering has developed his skillset.

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