Home Fire Prevention

The Red Cross is working to reduce death and injury from home fires by 25% by 2020.

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

The Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety.

Do You Need A Smoke Alarm?

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

Together we installed 1 million smoke alarms – a major milestone achieved!

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 Involved

There are several ways you can get involved with Sound the Alarm:
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Volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community.

Volunteer Opportunities Listed Below

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Fundraise to help Sound the Alarm.

Start a Fundraiser

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Make a donation to support the Home Fire Campaign.

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Sound The Alarm. Save A Life. Fundraising Opportunities

Find your local board fundraiser here
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Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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.

The Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire or Other Disaster Every 8 Minutes.

In the Cascades Region, the Red Cross and partners have:

Can your family escape in just 2 minutes? You can keep your family safe with 2 simple steps.

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    Step 1. Practice your 2-minute drill. Make sure your family can safely escape a home fire in under 2 minutes. Use our worksheets (found in the resource links below) to plan and prepare your 2-minute drill today.

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    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.

Disaster Averted and Life Saved

Enterprise, Oregon

During an out-of-the-blue phone call, Denine, a volunteer with the Red Cross in Wallowa County, Oregon, received a heartfelt thank you from a woman named Chris. Chris explained to Denine that a few nights earlier she was roused from a deep sleep by the piercing squeal of a smoke alarm – one fresh from the packaging and installed just a few months earlier by Red Cross volunteers.

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Thank You To Our Sound The Alarm National Sponsors


1. The Red Cross installs a limited number of specialized bedside alarms for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, email preparedness@redcross.org

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.