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Home Fire Preparedness

  • 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 Georgia we have:
Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 6

Served 5,355 people in the area

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 5

Replaced 429 smoke alarm batteries.

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 2

Created 1,631 evacuation plans.

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 3

Created 277 family plans for other hazards.

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats

Installed 3,288 smoke alarms.

Upcoming Installation Events

Regional Home Fire Campaign

Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save lives!

The Georgia region is hosting fire safety events throughout the Fall 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 Shana Lightfoot at

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 Georgia Region provides installation services in Georgia 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

Local Story


In the largest corporate volunteer event of its kind for Atlanta Red Cross, nearly 200 Crawford & Company employees and members of the City of Smyrna Fire Department partnered to install 500 smoke alarms and help families in at-risk Smyrna neighborhoods develop home fire escape plans. Teams of four knocked on doors in a large neighborhood of about 800 homes and installed smoke alarms for families in need tested and replaced dead batteries in working smoke alarms. This effort is part of a multi-year Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries nationwide by 25 percent. With the help of local fire departments and partners like Crawford, the national Campaign has already saved 26 lives and installed more than 125,000 alarms in 2,400 communities. Heartfelt thanks to everyone for your hard work on behalf of the ongoing #‎homefirecampaign‬ to save more lives in metro Atlanta!

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