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.
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.
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 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.
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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.