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 the Gold Country Region we have:

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Visited 27 cities and towns in our region

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Conducted 2,235 in-home visits.

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Created 839 evacuation plans.

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Replaced 348 smoke alarm batteries.

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Installed 1,192 smoke alarms

Red Cross “Home Fire Preparedness Campaign” – A Volunteer Experience From Heath Wakelee – Red Cross Volunteer

I have been a Red Cross volunteers for a number of years and am part of a Disaster Action Team that responds to calls to assist clients after a home fire. None of those calls are easy to experience, especially when there are major burn injuries and/or loss of life (human or pets.)

But a few weekends ago, I received a request to be more proactive in our Red Cross preparedness mission and to work with some outstanding young people. The thought of preventing burns and suffering was even stronger than my desire to assist someone who had just experienced a home fire.

So what were we doing that day? Going door-to-door asking for permission to check residents smoke alarms, to install free batteries if needed, to install free smoke alarms where needed and to install free carbon monoxide detectors.

Too often we entered a home to find the smoke alarm bracket in place, but the smoke alarm had been removed. Other homes needed batteries replaced and while our installation team moved quickly, others educated the homeowner about being prepared in the event the family needed to evacuate quickly.

If I had it within my power to assist someone to get out of a burning home filling with smoke and fire, that would be forever rewarding.


The Gold Country Region is excited to host a big canvassing event called “GOAL:1000” 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. Join us as we canvass neighborhoods across Sacramento County, install smoke alarms and deliver fire safety information in places we know we have a high number of home fires. Click here to register today! Be one of the volunteers that could save someone’s life!

Saturday, December 05, 2015 8:00AM - 3:00PM

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