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.
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.
Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Home fires kill more people in an average year than every other domestic natural disaster combined.
To help combat this problem, the American Red Cross has launched a multi-year nationwide initiative to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by 25% by the end of 2019.
The Home Fire Campaign is focused on outreach, education and awareness. Working in conjunction with local fires departments and other community partners, the Red Cross is building coalitions in communities across the Central and Southern Illinois Region. These coalitions are helping the Red Cross organize volunteer teams to visit homes and install free smoke alarms, replace alarm batteries and help residents make home fire escape plans. The Red Cross provides free smoke alarm installation services for those who cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or for those who are physically unable to install a smoke alarm.
The Red Cross is conducting both appointment-based smoke alarm installations and door-to-door canvassing installation events. To check appointment availability in your area, contact us at www.getasmokealarm.org or call your local Red Cross office.
Canvassing events are held in pre-determined communities or neighborhoods. Prior to the installation day, volunteers will pre-canvass the neighborhood placing door hangers alerting residents to the upcoming event. On the rally day, volunteers will go door-to-door in the select area installing alarms, replacing smoke alarm batteries and helping residents make a home fire escape plan. There are no fees for resident for any of the services provided for the Home Fire Campaign.
Volunteers are needed throughout the Central and Southern Illinois Region to assist with smoke alarm installations and educating residents on the importance of having a home fire escape plan. We are recruiting volunteers for appointment-based installation teams and rally event installation teams. Volunteers will receive training and will work in teams of three. We welcome individual volunteers and encourage civic organizations and businesses to participate. For more information about volunteering for the Home Fire Campaign, please email Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.
If you need free smoke alarms installed in your home:
Please visit getasmokealarm.org or call the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region at 844-319-6560 and press “9” for smoke alarm installation.
Upcoming Community Smoke Alarm Installation Events:
Join the team and help saves lives in Peoria! The American Red Cross, Peoria Fire Department and Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity of Bradley University are teaming up to install free smoke alarms in Peoria on Saturday, February 18 and we need volunteers from the community to help. Register to volunteer, or contact Laura Streid for more information.