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Los Angeles Home Fire Campaign

  • Did You Know?

    Children under five are almost one and a half times as likely to die in a home fire when compared to all other youth.
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  • Did You Know?

    Families have as little as two minutes to safely escape a burning home.
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  • Did You Know?

    A working smoke alarm can double a person’s chances of surviving a home fire.

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You and your family can prevent and prepare for a home fire with two simple steps:

Step 1
Practice fire drills at home.

Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.

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.

Upcoming Installation Events

Regional Home Fire Campaign

Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save lives!

The Los Angeles Region is hosting fire safety events to help families prepare for and prevent home fires. We need volunteers to help install smoke alarms, complete fire safety checklists and create fire escape plans with local families.

Sign up for one of these events by clicking on the link below:

  • Saturday, September 10 (Paramount)
  • Saturday, September 17 (LA- Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills)
  • Saturday, September 24 (Rosemead)
  • Saturday, October 15 (Pacomia)
  • Saturday, October 15 (Los Angeles/Pico Union)
  • Saturday, October 15 (Compton)
  • Saturday, October 22 (San Gabriel)
  • Saturday, October 29 (East LA)
  • Saturday, November 12 (Palmdale)
  • Saturday, November 12, (Hawthorne)
  • Saturday, November 12, (Wilmington)
  • Saturday, November 19, (Pomona)
  • If you would like to request a smoke alarm installation please click here.

    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 Los Angeles 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 (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

    The Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire or Other Disaster Every 8 Minutes

    That is why we launched the Home Fire Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020. Since October, 2014, we have:
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    Visited 54 cities and towns in our region

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    Reached 12,790 youth with preparedness information

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    Conducted 3,910 in-home visits

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    Created 2,983 evacuation plans

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    Installed more than 9,442 smoke alarms

    Los Angeles Home Fire Campaign

    2,368 volunteers attended

    Los Angeles Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

    13,500 people served

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    1,303 partner volunteers

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    4,620 homes canvassed

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    Proof Positive that Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives

    North Hills resident Irma Ceto and her three children were lucky to survive the home fire that destroyed her apartment. “If it weren’t for the smoke alarm, we wouldn’t have had time to get out,” she said.

    On the morning of July 1, 2015, while everyone was sleeping, a fire started in her children’s bedroom due to an electrical failure. Later, Irma would say there was no smell of smoke to alert her. She didn’t notice anything was wrong until she got up to go to the bathroom and heard the apartment’s smoke alarm beeping strongly non-stop. Then she heard her son Josue yelling out to her.

    When she got to the children’s room, there was smoke coming from under one of the beds.

    “I wanted to take things with us: money, clothes and supplies I had saved for and bought for the next school year, but there wasn’t any time. Everything caught fire very quickly. I woke them up and rushed out as fast I could. I could hear things exploding inside once we were on the street.”

    They made it out in minutes. Left inside and gone forever were her children’s baby pictures, toys and belongings.

    The 26-year-old mother of three was left standing on the street in pajamas, without shoes, nowhere to go and three children without a home. Once the flames were extinguished, she saw that nothing was left of her belongings. The fire department told her to keep calm and wait for the Red Cross.

    She was not sure how the Red Cross could help. In her home country of Guatemala, she knew the Red Cross helped people replace their medications, which was not an issue for her or her children. To her surprise, the American Red Cross provided her family with lodging that night, as well as water, snacks, and hygiene items for everyone, including a tooth brush, deodorant, soap and shampoo. Volunteers even provided her children with Mickey Mouse plush toys. Irma also received a debit card with some money to get by the next few days. The first thing she did was to buy shoes for the four of them.

    It’s been a month and half since the fire. Irma and children Irma, Guillermo and Josue now live in another apartment. It has taken them over a month to recover but they are on their way. Irma states that it would not have been possible without the support of Red Cross case workers and social workers at CALWORKS, a Red Cross partner and government assistance program offered through the Department of Public Social Services.

    During the past month, Irma has received what she describes as “kind calls” from Red Cross caseworker Alexa Harper, who has guided her through the recovery process and always asks about her well-being. Irma is moved by this stranger whom she has only “met” over the phone, yet she knows Alexa cares about her family.

    There is one thing she will not stop repeating: “God bless the Red Cross and those people who volunteer and donate to make their work possible. I don’t know them but they changed my life. Thank you. ”

    Irma wants to give back and will become a volunteer with the Red Cross, to share her message about the importance of having a working smoke detector. She looks at her kids and at the smoke alarms every few minutes. “There they are. I checked yesterday again. They all work,” she says.

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