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Home Fire Campaign

  • 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.
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  • 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 the Indiana Region we have:
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Conducted 3,443 in-home visits;

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Installed more than 4,188 smoke alarms

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Replaced 685 smoke alarm batteries

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Created 2,914 evacuation plans

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Reached 11,783 youth with preparedness information

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Visited 37 cities and towns in our region


Local Story

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The Central Indiana Red Cross kicked off its Home Fire Campaign on October 8, 2014. Volunteers and staff collaborated with the Indianapolis Fire Department and State Farm to canvass and install alarms in one Indianapolis neighborhood, and little did our partners know the lifesaving impact of that single installation event.

On February 11, 2015, Johnnie Mae Pannell was awakened by a loud beeping noise. She smelled smoke and realized her house was on fire. Fortunately, the alarm gave this grandmother, recovering from a recent stroke and having difficulty speaking and walking, enough time to get into her wheelchair and outside to safety.

Local Story

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A month later, Michele Geis was alerted by the “Beep, beep, beep, beep” of her home’s smoke alarms to a fire on the second floor. As the flames and smoke quickly grew, Michele was able to gather her three small children: newborn Ben, two-year-old Lucy and three-year-old Joseph and run to her neighbors to call 9-1-1. To say this family is grateful would be an understatement: “Instead of just losing some of our belongings, we could have been going to a funeral this week…”

One event, 75 alarms installed, five lives saved. To hear more of their stories, click here.

Become a Volunteer

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Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save Lives!

We need volunteers to help install smoke alarms, complete fire safety checklists and create fire escape plans with local families. To volunteer for the Home Fire Campaign, complete this form.

Need a smoke alarm yourself? Request your own smoke alarm install here.

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 Indiana provides installation services in Indiana 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.

Donor Spotlight

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