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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.
    Home Fire Campaign
  • Did You Know?

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

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

    Home Fire Campaign

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.

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. To date in the San Diego/Imeperial Counties Region we have:
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Visited 47 cities and towns in our region

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Replaced 1,830 smoke alarm batteries

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 4

Reached 5,257 children and youth with important preparedness information

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 3

Conducted 2,501 in-home visits

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Created 1,024 evacuation plans

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats

Installed more than 5,999 smoke alarms

Local Story


Home Fire in San Diego

When a local San Diego family experienced a fatal home fire, their community was devastated. The affected family wanted to help prepare their neighbors, in hopes of preventing other families from experiencing the same tragedy that had caused them so much grief.

That’s when the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties partnered with City of San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald, The Burn Institute and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department to install smoke alarms in the Mountain View and Mount Hope communities during their local the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Overall, volunteers installed 132 smoke alarms in 38 households during the Day of Service.

“We saved lives today,” said Red Cross volunteer Cyndy Hoffman, who has participated in multiple smoke alarm installation events. “Every time I do it, I feel so fortunate to be participating in something so important.”

Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save lives!

We regularly host smoke alarm installation events throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. We're always looking for volunteers to install smoke alarms, provide residents with fire safety and preparedness information, and more. Your involvement can help save lives.

Interested in getting involved as an individual, group, or team? Please contact Ricardo Moran at (858) 309-1272 or

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