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Home Fire

  • 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, which aims to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020. To date in The Dakotas Region we have:
Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 6

Visited 25 cities and towns in our region

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 5

Replaced 750 smoke alarm batteries

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 4

Reached 550 youth with preparedness information

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 3

Conducted 2,000 in-home visits

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 2

Created 1,200 evacuation plans

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats

Installed more than 3,700 smoke alarms

Local Story

Iowa Home Fire Campaign

The day Fort Dodge Firefighters and the American Red Cross installed smoke alarms in their home in October 2015, Jamie Robinson and Ed Derrig never thought they would need them. But after everyone had gone to bed on a cold, January night, they did.

The high-pitch sound from two new smoke alarms woke up Robinson, Derrig and their two young daughters,10-year-old Mackenzie and 7-year-old Abby, alerting them to danger, alerting them to get out. Quickly, they put into play the fire escape plan that they worked on with the Red Cross back in October. “Me and my mommy we were talking,” Abby said. “And, we said we had to get out and go to the neighbor’s house really fast.”

Three months earlier, Red Cross volunteer Peggy Jordan, Fort Dodge Firefighter, Lieutenant Jason Vandi and Steve and Wanda Hart, an employee at the Fort Dodge Walmart, knocked on the Derrig’s door as part of a one-day fire safety project in their neighborhood.

Read more of their story here: Iowa Family Credits Smoke Alarms for Saving Lives

Watch their story.

Upcoming Installation Events

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Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save lives!

The Dakotas Region is hosting fire safety events throughout the year to help families prepare for and prevent home fires. We need volunteers to help install smoke alarms, complete fire safety checklists and create fire escape plans with local families.

Sign up for one of these events by contacting Disaster Program Managers:

  • Tom Tezel (Eastern North Dakota, Northwest Minnesota)
  • Rob Stotz (Western North Dakota)
  • Stay tuned For Upcoming Dates & Places for Home Fire Canvassing Events.

    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 North Dakota Region provides installation services in North Dakota only. If you live outside of this area and would like to identify your local region office, please visit (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

    A gift of any size supports all of the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross. For more information visit