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Home Fire Campaign - Find Out More

  • 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.
    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 Central Florida we have:
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Visited 20 cities and towns in our region

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Replaced 341 smoke alarm batteries

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Conducted 2,600 in-home visits

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Reached 7,000 youth with perparedness information

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Created 2,200 evacuation plans

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Installed more than 4,500 smoke alarms


Local Story

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American Red Cross and Community Partners Rallied to Save Lives

On an early Saturday morning outside the First Baptist Church in Wimauma, Florida, more than 125 volunteers from different walks of life and varied community organizations gathered with a single mission: to save lives.

Groups of four and five began knocking on doors announcing that the fire department and Red Cross were in their neighborhood today: “Would you like a free smoke alarm?”

As families invited teams into their homes, volunteers installed life-saving smoke alarms, educated residents on fire safety and hurricane preparedness, and developed personalized escape plans for each home. By the end of the afternoon, 363 smoke alarms were installed in 108 homes.

The tremendous success of the Home Fire Campaign event can be credited to the commitment of Red Cross volunteers and critical community partners including Telemundo Tampa who began spreading the message of fire safety weeks before the event. When the day arrived volunteers from the Hillsborough County Fire Department, Greater Tampa C.E.R.T., Sun City C.E.R.T., a number of faith-based groups, Circle K and other community partners joined the Red Cross on the life-saving mission.

“We are so grateful for the support of our donors and the community volunteers powering our Home Fire Campaign,” said Central Florida Red Cross Chief Executive Officer, Linda Jorge Carbone, “every day, Red Cross volunteers step onto a family’s doorstep in the moments after they have suffered a fire to help them through one of the worst times in their life. This campaign puts us on that doorstep before the unthinkable happens. Every escape plan we write and every alarm we install has the real potential to save lives.”

To learn more about the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign which has been credited with saving 27 lives visit www.redcross.org/firesafety.

Volunteer Now

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Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save lives!

The Central Florida region is hosting fire safety events every month 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 an upcoming event by contacting José Bueno at 813-868-7673 or Jose.Bueno@redcross.org or filling out this form.

Need a smoke alarm yourself? Request your own smoke alarm install here .

A gift of any size supports all of the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross. For more information visit redcross.org/centralflorida