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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.
    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.


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

That is why we launched the Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year initiative that aims to reduce nation-wide fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Since the program started in 2014, in the Minnesota Region we have:
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Conducted 600 in-home visits

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Installed more than 4,500 smoke alarms

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Replaced 130 smoke alarm batteries

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Created 540 evacuation plans

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Visited 20 cities and towns

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Reached 1,570 people with preparedness information


Local Story

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On a crisp and sunny Saturday morning, thirty-eight volunteers spread out across Plainview, Minnesota, to install more than 300 smoke alarms in family homes. On the previous Saturday, volunteers had canvassed around 400 homes in the community to identify where new fire detectors should be added or old ones replaced. Now, in mid-September, firefighters, community members and American Red Cross volunteers went in teams of three to five to install the new smoke alarms and to give home safety materials concerning home fire prevention and escape planning as part of the national Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. As the volunteers gathered at the Plainview Fire Department, the Sievers family was there to greet and thank them for the Red Cross help they received following a home fire disaster. A year ago Bobbie, Jake and their young son escaped from a fire that damaged the front of their house and up into the rafters. Red Cross volunteers responded, providing food and clothing for relief after the disaster. Finally, last December, they moved back home with much appreciation for the assistance they had received from local Red Cross volunteers. The Sievers family was a concrete reminder to the volunteers of the importance of what they were doing this day.

See more on our regional blog.

How You Can Help

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Be Involved and Help Save lives

There are several ways you can be involved in the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

  • Volunteer: Canvass neighborhoods, install smoke alarms, and help residents make safety plans.
  • Partner: Engage your organization to help implement fire safety programs in your community.
  • Donate: Make a gift so that when disaster does strike, people can begin the road to recovery.
  • For more information, call our Minnesota Region smoke alarm installation hotline (612) 460-3674 or email mnpreparedness@redcross.org

    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 Minnesota Region provides installation services in Minnesota 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.

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

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

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