The American Red Cross

2 minutes
You can keep your family safe with 2 simple steps.

Step 1
Practice your 2-minute drill.

Make sure your family can safely escape a home fire in under 2 minutes. Use this worksheet to plan and prepare your 2-minute drill today.

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.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters a year, the vast majority of which are home fires. The Red Cross Home Fire campaign launched in October 2014 to help people prepare for, respond to, and recover from, home fires.

Our goal: reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries in our nation by 25% by 2020. In partnership with local communities, so far we’ve accomplished the following:

4,541 cities and towns across the US active with the campaign

264,010 smoke alarms installed

333,126 people served and 2,575 coalition partners engaged

121,399 homes visited

443,775 young people educated on vital preparedness lessons

95 documented lives saved*
*verified through media reports

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You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text* REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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