Western & Central New York Home Fire Campaign
The Red Cross is working to reduce death and injury from home fires by 25% by 2020.
American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
Do You Need a Smoke Alarm?
In partnership with local fire departments, community groups and corporate supporters, we are offering FREE smoke alarms to residents in need and providing fire preparedness education to hundreds of local families through our ongoing Home Fire Campaign.
Together we installed 1 million smoke alarms – a major milestone achieved!
Thank you to the thousands of volunteers that joined us to Sound the Alarm to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in at-risk communities across more than 100 cities. Together, we’re saving lives!
Help save lives in your community.
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives, that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Red Cross volunteers, along with fire departments and other partners canvass at-risk neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms, and providing fire prevention and safety education. In just three years, we’ve accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 1 million smoke alarms and prepared more than 1 million people against home fires through our home visits.
Get InvolvedThere are several ways you can get involved with Sound the Alarm:
Volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community.
Whether providing relief to families affected by home fires or installing smoke alarms to help prevent fire-related deaths and injuries, the work of the Red Cross is done almost entirely by volunteers.
To learn more about volunteering with the Red Cross as a disaster responder, download this brochure or begin an online application. (When prompted, enter your home zip code and choose “Disaster Services” as your area of interest.)
To get involved with the Home Fire Campaign as a community canvasser, smoke alarm installer and/or fire safety educator, please click here.
3,129 households made safer
Installed 8,637 smoke alarms
Created 3,005 fire escape plans
Replaced 555 smoke alarm batteries
2,671 fire safety checklists completed
1,318 youth served
Read Stories From People Helped by the Home Fire Campaign
Thank You To Our Sound The Alarm National Sponsors
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 Western-Central New York region provides installation services in Western-Central New York 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.