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Join the Home Fire Campaign

The American Red Cross and our partners need your help as we work to reduce death and injury from home fires by 25% by 2020.

What is the Home Fire Campaign?

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020.

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year
  • Can your family escape in just 2 minutes? You can keep your family safe with 2 simple steps.

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      Step 1. Practice your 2-minute drill. Make sure your family can safely escape a home fire in under 2 minutes. Use our worksheets (found in the resource links below) to plan and prepare your 2-minute drill today.

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      Step 2. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Make sure you and your family are alerted as soon as a fire is detected. If the smoke alarm isn't working, change the batteries.

    Our Progress So Far

    Launched in 2014, the Home Fire campaign has already accomplished so much

    5 Ways to Get Involved

    Help solve America's biggest disaster threat

    1. Get Prepared at Home

    Visit our Home Fire Safety page to learn more about preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering after a home fire.

    Read our tips

    2. Learn About Fire Safety with Your Classroom

    The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills.

    Request a Pillowcase Project presentation

    3. Volunteer to Help Others

    Your local Red Cross may need volunteers to install smoke alarms, educate your community about fire safety, or help others after a fire.

    Contact your local Red Cross

    4. Make a Donation

    Prepare, respond and help families recover from home fires.

    Donate now

    5. Spread the Word

    Urge your loved ones to take 2 simple steps to reduce the risk from home fire: checking or installing smoke alarms, and practicing fire drills at home. Share this page today!

    Our Partners in Home Fire Prevention

    The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is made possible through the generous support from the following corporations and foundations:

    Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program, aimed at reducing accidental injuries to children, proudly supports the Red Cross’ goal to reduce home fire deaths 25% by 2020.

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    Members of our Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program make annual commitments which enable the Red Cross to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters – like home fires – anytime and anywhere. Year after year, we continue to rely on their support to fulfill our mission.

    The Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in neighborhoods at greatest risk for home fires and engage youth in fire education and prevention efforts.

    Donate Now

    Prepare, respond and help families recover from home fires.

    $10.00 is the minimum online donation amount. All donations are tax deductible.