Home Fires, Silent Disasters

When we saw this video, we were so moved by the stories and images of the people who’s lives have been turned upside down by a house fires, that we knew we needed to share it with all of you.

Across the nation, the American Red Cross responds to almost 63,000 house fires a year. And as Fredie talks about in the video, the Red Cross response means that families have all of their immediate needs met – whether it’s food, shelter, clothing or comfort items (things like stuff animals, toothbrushes and blankets) — to help them begin the process of recovery.

We applaud the 9-1-1 operator in this video for his wise advice to the children trapped inside the house, and we thought it would be a good opporunity to talk about some of the things to remember should you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

  • If closed doors or handles are warm, go out another way. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • Crawl low under smoke.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1.
  • Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
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