Chicago & Northern Illinois Home Fire Campaign

The Red Cross is working to reduce death and injury from home fires by 25% by 2020.

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

The Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety.

Help us Sound the Alarm

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This fall, the Red Cross will launch Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events nationwide. Volunteers will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods, culminating in the installation of the one millionth smoke alarm!

Since 2014, the Red Cross, in partnership with fire departments and other local groups, has visited homes installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and providing fire prevention and safety education to prevent needless tragedies. Join us today in helping to save lives.

Stay tuned for more information and make sure to join us to Sound the Alarm in the Chicago and Northern Illinois Region this October as we install thousands of free smoke alarms.

Get Involved

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

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Fundraise to support the Home Fire Campaign.

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Make a donation to support Sound the Alarm.

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Get Involved and Help Save Lives
Engage your organization to help implement fire safety programs in your community.

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

In Chicago and Northern Illinois, the Red Cross and its partners have:

Can your family escape in just 2 minutes? You can keep your family safe with 2 simple steps.

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    Step 1. Practice your 2-minute drill. Make sure your family can safely escape a home fire in under 2 minutes. Use our worksheets (found in the resource links below) to plan and prepare your 2-minute drill today.

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    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.

Read Stories From People Helped by the Home Fire Campaign

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“If it helps someone, I want to tell my story.” said Tanita Lockwood.

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Other Ways to Help

Help Kids Prepare

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is proud to be a part of the Pillowcase Project, a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5 which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Claire Pywell, Regional Preparedness Manager, at (312) 729 – 6265.

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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 Chicago-Northern Illinois Region provides installation services in Chicago-Northern Illinois 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.