Be Prepared for Home Fires


You and your family can prevent and prepare for a home fire with two simple steps:

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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.

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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.

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 Georgia we have:

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Served 5,355 people in the area

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Reached more than 600 youth with preparedness information

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Created 277 family plans for other hazards.

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Created 1,631 evacuation plans.

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Replaced 429 smoke alarm batteries.

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Installed 5000 smoke alarms

Volunteer to Install Smoke Alarms and Help Save Lives!

The Georgia region is hosting fire safety events throughout the Fall 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.

Sign up for one of these events by contacting Olivia Garrison at or Shana Lightfoot

  • November 14, 2015 – Lithonia

In the largest corporate volunteer event of its kind for Atlanta Red Cross, nearly 200 Crawford & Company employees and members of the City of Smyrna Fire Department partnered to install 500 smoke alarms and help families in at-risk Smyrna neighborhoods develop home fire escape plans. Teams of four knocked on doors in a large neighborhood of about 800 homes and installed smoke alarms for families in need tested and replaced dead batteries in working smoke alarms. This effort is part of a multi-year Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries nationwide by 25 percent. With the help of local fire departments and partners like Crawford, the national Campaign has already saved 26 lives and installed more than 125,000 alarms in 2,400 communities. Heartfelt thanks to everyone for your hard work on behalf of the ongoing #‎homefirecampaign‬ to save more lives in metro Atlanta!

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