Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

  • Chicago Local Programs - Home Fire Preparedness Campaign
  • Chicago Local Programs - Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire.

The American Red Cross is launching a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

  • Smoke alarms cut the risk of death from a fire in half. The Red Cross is focusing the efforts of our coalition of organizations on installing smoke alarms in homes in some of the most fire-affected neighborhoods around the country.
  • We’re joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to canvass neighborhoods with home fire safety information, install smoke alarms and deliver fire prevention information in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires.
The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will focus on this goal in three ways:

If you are interested in participating in this campaign, there are many ways to get involved. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign has events taking place each week throughout the region. Red Cross volunteers go door to door to educate residents about home fire safety and physically install smoke alarms.

If you are interested in volunteering for these events, or if you would like smoke alarms installed in your home, please contact Claire Pywell, Regional Preparedness Manager, at (312) 729 – 6265.


There will be 4 large scale rally events taking place each year throughout the region (listed below). All other appointment based or partner based events will take place as needed monthly. A full calendar of events is listed in the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Shift Tool on Volunteer Connection:
  • September 19, 2015: Installation Rally, Roseland

  • October 24, 2015: Installation Event, North Lawndale

  • Northwest Illinois:
  • November 7th: Installation Rally, DeKalb

  • Southwest Suburbs:
  • March, 2016: Installation Rally, Joliet

  • Northern Cook County/ Northern IL:
  • May, 2016: Installation Rally, North Chicago

Volunteer with the Home Fire Preparedness CampaignPlease sign up online to volunteer!

We are currently seeking the following volunteer roles:
  • Installer: Support the Campaign on the ground by physically installing smoke alarms in homes, providing fire prevention education, and documenting the visit all at once.
  • Reporter: Volunteer from home by entering our reporting documents into an online portal.
  • HFPC Lead: Take on a leadership role by supporting the team with planning events, outreaching to local fire departments, or leading install teams in event day.
    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 Greater Chicago Region provides installation services in Greater Chicago 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.