The American Red Cross

Every 8 Minutes, day or night, we're there.

You may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning building before it’s too late to get out. Learn the facts about Fire Safety:

House on Fire!


mistakenly believe that they have at least five minutes or more to escape a burning home - more than twice as long as they really may have.


mistakenly believe that they have ten minutes or more to escape.


of parents believe their children would know what to do or how to escape with little help but...


of parents with children ages 3-17 have not talked to their families about fire safety.


of families with children have not identified a safe place to meet outside the home.


have not practiced home fire drills.

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Every 8 minutes we respond to a home fire or other disaster. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support 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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Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The American Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by up to 25% in five years with the Home Fire Safety Program.

We are 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.

The Red Cross is asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

Help Us Spread the Word About Fire Safety