Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.
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.
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 Minnesota we have:
On a crisp and sunny Saturday morning, volunteers spread out across Plainview, Minnesota, to install more than 300 smoke alarms in family homes. Now, in mid-September, firefighters, community members and American Red Cross volunteers went in teams of three to five to install the new smoke alarms and to give home safety materials concerning home fire prevention and escape planning. As the volunteers gathered at the Plainview Fire Department, the Sievers family was there to thank them for the Red Cross help they received following a home fire disaster. A year ago Bobbie, Jake and their young son escaped from a fire that damaged the front of their house and up into the rafters. Red Cross volunteers responded, providing food and clothing for relief after the disaster. Finally, last December, they moved back home with much appreciation for the assistance they had received from local Red Cross volunteers. The Sievers family was a concrete reminder to the volunteers of the importance of what they were doing this day.
There are several ways you can be involved in the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.