Smoke alarms save lives.

The American Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

The Red Cross is asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. Join the campaign as a volunteer by contacting your local Red Cross chapter.

  • On average
    die every day from a home fire.
  • On average
    suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.
  • Over
    $7 billion
    in property damage
    occurs every year.
More Home Fire Statistics

Test Your Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home inside bedrooms and sleeping areas. Check your smoke alarms once a month, if they're not working, change the batteries.

Practice Home Fire Drills

Fire experts agree that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out. Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.

Prevent a Home Fire

Your home may be full of fire hazards that you aren't aware of. From your kitchen stove, to a romantic candle, to festive holiday lights, common household items can turn dangerous very quickly. Use our Home Fire Safety Checklist to reduce the risk of fire in your home.

Home Fire Escape Plan

Use this printable worksheet to plan and practice home fire drills.

Unsure where to start? Use these guides to help begin your escape plan:
  • Single Family Home
  • Multi-Family Home
  • High-Rise Apartment Complex
  • Engaging Youth

    Youth often first learn about fire safety in school through fire drills and education, and are enthusiastic about bringing safety messages home. To request a presentation about fire prevention or preparedness in your child's school or extracurricular program, contact your local Red Cross chapter.