Desert To The Sea Home Fire Campaign
The Red Cross is working to reduce death and injury from home fires by 25% by 2020.
American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
Together we installed 1 million smoke alarms – a major milestone achieved!
Help save lives in your community.
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives, that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Red Cross volunteers, along with fire departments and other partners canvass at-risk neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms, and providing fire prevention and safety education. In just three years, we’ve accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 1 million smoke alarms and prepared more than 1 million people against home fires through our home visits.
Get InvolvedThere are several ways you can get involved with Sound the Alarm:
Anyone can register to help and training is provided! Here are the volunteer positions available:
Smoke Alarm Installer— Conduct home visits on installation day to test, replace
and/or install smoke alarms.
Disaster Safety Educator— Provide education to residents on fire safety and local hazards, and assist residents in completing a home fire escape plan.
Documenter/Reporter— Document the services provided during the home visit and complete forms and reports.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please reach out to the appropriate contact:
Upcoming Home Fire Campaign EventsSign Up For An Event
For questions or for more information about local Home Fire Campaign events, please contact Amy Estey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 481-5337.
contact your local chapter.
The Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire or Other Disaster Every 8 Minutes.In the Desert To The Sea region, the Red Cross and its partners have:
Red Cross, Orange County Fire Authority and Community Partners Set Local Smoke Alarm Record
In 2016, 175 volunteers from the American Red Cross, Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), the City of Santa Ana, and other community partners installed a record 1,166 free smoke alarms for residents in Santa Ana’s Central City neighborhood.
Thank You To Our Sound The Alarm National Sponsors
Other Ways To Help
1. Share Your Red Cross Story
Share how the Red Cross has helped you when the unexpected happened.
Engage your organization to help implement fire safety programs in your community
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 Desert To The Sea region provides installation services in their region 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.