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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 Northwest Region we have:
Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats

Installed 2,106 smoke alarms

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 5

Replaced approximately 150 smoke alarm batteries

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats 3

Reached thousands of youth with preparedness information

Upcoming Installation Events


Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save lives!

The Northwest 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.

To view upcoming opportunities to volunteer at smoke alarm installation or canvassing events, visit our regional page here.

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 Northwest 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 (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

Local Story


On October 24, 18 Red Cross volunteers and firefighters dispersed in three Kent communities to install smoke alarms, replace batteries and raise home fire safety awareness. The work was important for the community, and rewarding for the teams. “It was fun to see how much everyone enjoyed the work,” said AmeriCorps member Kayla Ihrig. “Instead of leaving early at the end of the day, people were playing games with the kids that came out to see the fire trucks. It was a great show of community.” The teams installed 179 alarms, many in homes otherwise had none. “We were surprised to find in one residential establishment, every home was without a working alarm,” said Allison Dedonato, Regional Preparedness Manager. “It was a real eye-opener.”

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