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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

The American Red Cross home fire campaign continues in Virginia and across the country to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

The Red Cross campaign focuses on joining fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans.

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.

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.

Regional Home Fire Campaign

Upcoming Home Fire Campaign events:

Join the American Red Cross Virginia Region and local fire departments in a statewide smoke alarm installation event in October. For more information or to find an event near you, please call 434-979-7143.

  • Southampton - October 12 2016, 6 p.m to 8 p.m.
  • Meeting location 33536 Phillips St., Franklin, VA 23851 5:30 p.m.
    Interested volunteers can register here.

  • Hampton - October 15, 2016, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Interested volunteers can register here.

  • Portsmouth - October 15, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Interested volunteers can register here.

  • Bristol - October 15, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Marion - October 15, 2016, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Safford - October 15, 2016, Foxwood Village Mobile Home Park 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local Story

Virginia Region - Home Fire Campaign

Smoke alarm alerts 8-year-old boy, great-grandmother to fire

What could have been a tragedy Saturday evening for a Covington family, turned out to be a happy ending for an 8-year-old boy and his 86-year-old grandmother.

The Covington Fire Department and Rescue Squad was called to 706 N Augusta Avenue at 8:46 p.m. for a smoke alarm that had been activated.

Upon arrival at 8:48 p.m., Captain Greg Burton and Chief Kevin Pettitt confirmed a working structure fire. Also assisting was the Falling Spring Volunteer Fire Department.

Once on scene, responders discovered an 86 year old grandmother and her 8 year old grandson at the rear of the property. Both were home at the time of the fire and had managed to escape unharmed.

Damage to the structure was estimated at $30,000. The American Red Cross is assisting the family at this time.

The cause was determined to be electrical.

After the fire was marked under control at 9:08 p.m., it was discovered that an October 2015 fire prevention program and free smoke alarm drive coordinated by the Covington Fire Department and the American Red Cross had paid off. The smoke alarms in this structure fire were ones that members of the Covington Fire Department had installed during the drive.

Fire officials said the 8 year old grandson heard the alarms sound and he alerted his great grandmother. Both exited the back of the home and the 8 year old called 911 on his grandmother’s cell phone, as he had learned from “Sparky” the fire dog during fire prevention week.

Officials said there’s no doubt that these two programs helped the fire department in saving the home with a quick response and ensured that the occupants got out fast and safe.

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 American Red Cross in the National Capital Region provides installation services in The National Capital Region 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