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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 Nebraska - Southwest Iowa 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.