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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 shana.lightfoot@redcross.org.

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 RedCross.org (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 redcross.org/homefire.

Local Story

Home Fire Preparedness

The Red Cross in Utah is pleased to announce that, along with distributing home fire safety information, we have installed over 4,000 free smoke alarms so far in the state of Utah. The national Home Fire Campaign to reduce death and injury in home fires was launched in October.

Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires. In Utah the Red Cross responds to a fire on average every 2.5 days, nationally every 8 minutes. Damage from U.S. home fires is bigger than the entire annual sales of many Fortune 500 companies.

For the past 20 years, these numbers have been relatively stagnant.

By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the American Red Cross and our coalition partners are attacking this stagnation. In an unprecedented, nationwide effort to combine new technology and innovation with old-fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, we are saving lives, reducing injuries, and cutting down on needless losses.

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