That’s why the American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. The campaign seeks to increase the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with higher numbers of home fires and to encourage all Americans to practice their fire escape plans.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States – and the vast majority of those are home fires. The Red Cross Central California Region is committed to decreasing this number through a proactive approach: installing free smoke alarms and empowering families to make smart decisions during a disaster.
- Taft - June 18, 2016 Anyone can volunteer at this event! Click here to sign up today!
- Porterville - June 25, 2016 Anyone can volunteer at this event! Click here to sign up today!
More Home Fire Campaign events are coming to Central California very soon. Check back for future event dates.
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1. The Red Cross and its partners will install a limited number of free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or for those who are physically unable to install a smoke alarm.
2. The Red Cross installs a limited number of specialized bedside alarms for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
3. A number of organizations are partnering with the Red Cross to accomplish the goals of our Home Fire Campaign. Depending on where you live and other factors, it is possible that we will forward your request to one of our partner organizations so they can contact you to set up an appointment.
4. The Central California Region provides installation services in Central California only. If you live outside of this area and would like to identify your local region office, please visit RedCross.org (or call 1-800-REDCROSS).
5. If you are able to purchase and install your own smoke alarm, but would like information on home fire safety and smoke alarm installation, please visit redcross.org/homefire.
Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?
Watch this short video showing how volunteers canvassed homes in a Santa Maria community
The Red Cross works closely with fire departments, schools, churches, and other organizations to install smoke alarms
“It feels good that you’re out here, my father died in a home fire. Shows the people care.”
DAT responders like the Breys are part of the more than 90% volunteer workforce that helps families after a home fire.
Time Out learns how to make a family game plan. Go Dogs!