Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

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Home fires are the most common disaster. Seven times a day in the U.S. someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes an injury from a fire is reported. You can make a difference by taking steps to protect yourself and your loved ones and by joining the Red Cross to reach out in your local community. The American Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

Here’s what you can do:
  • Install and check smoke alarms.
  • Have and practice an escape plan.
  • Volunteer on a Red Cross outreach team to spread education and install smoke alarms.
Click Here to read more about specific steps you can take to prevent home fires and improve your safety.

A cornerstone of the Red Cross five-year campaign is installing/checking smoke alarms and providing safety education in neighborhoods determined to be at risk for home fires. Data show that having a working smoke alarm can double someone’s chance of surviving a fire. The Red Cross has identified high-risk ZIP codes in Kentucky and Southern Indiana as our top priority for outreach during the five-year campaign, with additional outreach happening throughout the region.

If you are interested in supporting home fire prevention and preparedness or helping the Red Cross help people who have lost everything to home fires, please considering donating through our Give What Fire Takes page or call 1-800-REDCROSS. For more information or to become a partner in your community, please contact your local Red Cross chapter. 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 Kentucky Region provides installation services in Kentucky 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.