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.
    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.

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. In 2015 alone, the Kansas Region has:

Nebraska Southwest Iowa Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Reached 1494 people in Kansas communities.

Nebraska SW Iowa Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Created 424 home fire escape plans with families.

Nebraska Southwest Iowa Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Installed 1237 potentially lifesaving smoke alarms.

Nebraska Southwest Iowa Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Replaced 61 batteries in existing smoke alarms.

Help Kids Be Prepared With The Pillowcase Project

Beech Elementary School fourth grader, Trinity Sommers, said she “knows what to do” during a home fire thanks to the American Red Cross Pillowcase Project. Trinity and her fellow students spent a morning decorating pillowcases donated for the project by Disney. They learned to place flashlights, radios, batteries, food, water and shoes in their pillowcase and keep it close to their beds. That afternoon, Trinity went home and insisted her mom help fill the pillowcase and talk about what to do if they had a fire. One week later, the unexpected happened. A fire started in her apartment building. Trinity’s mother says her daughter was able to get their family ready for a disaster thanks to the Pillowcase Project. The Red Cross implemented the Pillowcase Project in Kansas starting with schools in Wichita. Volunteers are traveling across the entire state to educate children in grades 3-5. The idea for the Pillowcase Project comes from Hurricane Katrina when survivors packed pillowcases with supplies before leaving their flooded homes.

For more information about the Red Cross Pillowcase Project contact Donna Meier Pfeifer: donna.meierpfeifer@redcross.org

Local Story

Danielle and Chris White from Belleville, KS share their story of the loss of their son and tell why it's important to prepare for a home fire.

Request A Smoke Alarm

You may qualify for Red Cross volunteers to visit your home to install smoke alarms, change batteries and help you make your emergency plan.
Request a Smoke Alarm


The Home Fire Campaign is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for groups and individuals. Help save lives by visiting homes to install smoke alarms and educate residents about fire safety.

Sign Up to Volunteer!

If you are under 18 and will be volunteering without your parents, please download, fill out and bring this form with you.

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 Kansas Region provides installation services in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa 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.

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