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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, which aims to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020. To date in the Ohio Buckeye Region we have:
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Conducted 2,054 in-home visits

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Installed more than 3,300 smoke alarms

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Replaced more than 720 smoke alarm batteries

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Created 2,108 evacuation plans

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Visited more than 200 cities and towns in our region

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Reached 2,429 youth with preparedness information


Making an Impact

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When South Dakota news reporter London Swan was called to cover a local home fire, she had no idea that she would arrive at her apartment building. With only the clothes on her back, her purse and her car, London watched flames emerge from the roof. Almost immediately, the Red Cross was on the scene to provide food to London and her neighbors and help them find a safe place to stay that night. The next morning, Red Cross caseworkers met with London to assist with her recovery. Since experiencing the fire, London says it’s critical to have a disaster plan. “I think being prepared is something everyone needs to do because I never thought this would happen to me but it did,” she said.

Upcoming Volunteer Events

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Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save lives!

We need volunteers to help install smoke alarms, complete fire safety checklists and create fire escape plans with local families. Sign up to be a volunteer here.

Need a smoke alarm yourself? Request your own smoke alarm install here or call 1-844-207-4509.

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 Ohio Buckeye Region provides installation services in Ohio Buckeye 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.

Donor Spotlight

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

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 Los Angeles region provides installation services in their region 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.