Smoke Alarm 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

Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Home fires kill more people in an average year than every other domestic and natural disaster combined. To combat this problem, the American Red Cross has launched a multi-year nationwide initiative to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by 25% by the end of 2019. To do this, we have partnered with Wisconsin Smoke Alarm & Fire Education (WisSAFE) and corporate partners to install more than 12,000 smoke alarms this year!

That’s a lot. But it’s worth it. A working smoke alarm reduces the chance of death in a fire by 50%.

We can’t do this without you having working smoke alarms, testing them and practicing an escape plan!

Click here if you need smoke alarms in your home.

Upcoming Smoke Alarm Installation Events

We’re working with local fire departments, community groups and corporate supporters across Wisconsin to help families prepare for and prevent home fires. You can help!
Regional Home Fire Campaign

Join Us for an Upcoming Smoke Alarm Installation Event!

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.

Local Story

This is a true story of a Wisconsin resident who had smoke alarms sitting on his counter, always thinking, I’ll get new batteries tomorrow. Local news and Fire Chief Weiss shares what happened next. Please, don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today!

How You Can Help

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Be Involved and Help Save Lives

There are several ways you can be involved in the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

  • Volunteer: Canvass neighborhoods, install smoke alarms and help residents make a safety plan. The Red Cross provides the tools, resources and training.
  • Donate: Make a gift so that when disaster does strike, people can begin the road to recovery

For more information email:

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 Home Fire Campaign goals. Depending on where you live and other factors, it is possible we may forward your request to WisSAFE or another partner organization so they can contact you to set up an appointment.

4. The Wisconsin Region provides installation services in Wisconsin and Houston County, Minnesota. If you live outside of this area and would like to identify your local Red Cross 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

6. Need a smoke alarm? Request your own smoke alarm here.