San Diego Home Fire Campaign

Your help is needed to reduce death and injury from home fires by 25%.

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.

Do You Need A Smoke Alarm?

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There are several ways you can get involved with Sound the Alarm:
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Volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community.

Volunteer Opportunities Listed Below

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Fundraise to help Sound the Alarm.

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Make a donation to support the Home Fire Campaign.

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Sound The Alarm. Save A Life. Volunteer Opportunities

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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 Melissa Altman at (858) 309-1272 or

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

In the San Diego region, the Red Cross and its partners have:

A Local Story From People Helped by the Home Fire Campaign

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.”

Thank You To Our Sound The Alarm National Sponsors


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 San Diego 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