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.

Get Involved

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 Greater New York we have:

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1,900 cities and towns across the US active in the campaign

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438 ineffective smoke alarm batteries replaced

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5,214 young people educated on vital preparedness lessons

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Prepared 500 families

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Created 200 evacuation plans

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Installed 5000 smoke alarms

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