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  • 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.

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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 2025. To date the Red Cross has:
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Visited 49 cities and towns in our region

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Replaced 135 smoke alarm batteries

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Reached 29,216 children and youth with important preparedness information

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Conducted 9,413 in-home visits

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Created 4,530 evacuation plans

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Installed more than 23,276 smoke alarms

Local Story

Red Cross of Greater New York Fire Safety

This past November, the Bakratsas family from Staten Island were alerted of a carbon monoxide (CO) emergency with help from the American Red Cross.

A week after a new boiler was installed in their home in November, Alma Bakratsas and her family heard loud beeps emitting from their combination smoke/CO alarms. The family quickly called the fire department who immediately arrived and detected very high CO levels inside the house.

“Our main concern was our little one [granddaughter],” said Bakratsas who lives with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren. “She’s 22 months, and she was asleep in bed at the time. And we know that carbon monoxide is odorless and it’s very dangerous for little children.”

“If we hadn’t had those alarms go off, I don’t even want to think about what could have happened,” said Bakratsas.

These lifesaving devices were installed for free earlier this year by the Red Cross as part of the organization’s nation-wide Home Fire Campaign.

“This program provided me with safe, secure peace of mind. I’m so glad my family is safe! Thank you!” said Bakratsas about the Red Cross safety campaign.

Since 2014, nearly 120 lives have been saved through this Red Cross initiative, which aims to reduce fire deaths by promoting fire safety and installing smoke detectors.

Learn more about fire and carbon monoxide safety.

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