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Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

  • Red Cross Oregon Home Fire Preparedness
The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce death and injury by installing free smoke alarms for those who need them.

The Red Cross responds to an average of two home fires every day throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. To help save lives, the Red Cross and partners are installing free smoke alarms in homes that need them. Residents throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington can get free smoke alarms in their home by calling (503) 528-5783. Appointments may also be made online. Smoke alarms have a tamper-resistant, 10-year lithium battery and are installed free of charge to residents. In Oregon this campaign is in partnership with the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

    Did you know?

  • You have as little as two minutes to safely escape a burning home
  • On average, seven people die every day in the United States from a home fire
  • A working smoke alarm can cut the risk of death from a home fire in half

Three ways to get free smoke alarms installed by trained Red Cross volunteers

Schedule an appointment for trained Red Cross volunteers to install free smoke alarms in your home, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist and provide information about creating a fire escape plan by:
1. Calling 503-528-5783
2. Making an appointment online
3. Emailing preparedness@redcross.org

Volunteers are needed

Volunteers are needed for this lifesaving community outreach effort. Individuals, faith-based groups, local businesses and organizations are welcome to participate. Working in teams, volunteers canvass neighborhoods, install smoke alarms, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist and provide information about creating a fire escape plan with residents. Training is provided.
Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Volunteers

Upcoming Home Fire Campaign events:

Salem – January 17

Long Beach – January 21

Salem – January 23

Jackson County – January 28

Sweet Home – January 30

Eugene – February 4

Vancouver – February 9

Eugene – February 13

Florence – February 18

Portland – February 25

Corvallis/Lebanon – February 27

Veneta/ Noti – March 7

Vancouver – March 9

Eugene – March 14

Junction City/ Harrisburg/ Brownsville – March 21

Vancouver – April 13

Vancouver – May 11

Vancouver – June 8

New volunteers can help save lives by signing up here.

Current Red Cross volunteers can help save lives by signing up here.

Questions? Email volunteer.cascades@redcross.org.

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.


About the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a national outreach effort launched in 2014 to install free, lifesaving smoke alarms in homes that need them throughout the United States. The Home Fire Campaign is in partnership with the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Oregon and the Vancouver Fire Corps in Southwest Washington.

Please note:

1. The Red Cross installs a limited number of specialized bedside alarms for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

2. The Cascades Region provides installation services in Oregon and Southern Washington 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).

3. 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.