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Join the Home Fire Preparedness Challenge

Red Cross - Cincinnati - Fire Preparedness Challenge
Here's how you can join the challenge: Get prepared. Spread the word. Save a life.

Each year the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 900 homes fires. That’s almost three home fires per day. While these kinds of disasters don’t garner as much attention as large-scale disasters such as tornados and earthquakes, they’re equally as devastating to those involved.

And just as tragic. Each day seven people die as a result of home fires, and another 36 people are injured.

We find this unacceptable. That’s why we’re committed to reducing the number of deaths and injuries in home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. Through our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, we are installing 5,000 free smoke alarms each year for the next five years in homes throughout the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region.

The effort begins now. And you can join the challenge. Here’s how:


  • Educate yourself on home fires.
  • The Basics.
  • Home Fire Safety Checklist.
  • Home Fire Escape Plan.
  • Check your smoke alarms at home.
  • Create a plan for what to do in case you have a fire.
  • If you need smoke alarms installed in your home (for free) and a fire escape plan, call the Red Cross at 513-579-3003 and make an appointment.

  • We are creating a social media campaign to help let people know about our efforts. Tweet, post or share a photo or video of you and your family on your favorite social media account showing that you are ready by tagging the Cincinnati Red Cross and using the hashtag #IAmPrepared.
  • Challenge your family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, associates, total strangers to get prepared and then share on social media that they are prepared.

  • Volunteer to install smoke alarms in other homes around the community. Bring together a group of friends, a community engagement group from work or just come alone. Contact the Red Cross preparedness coordinator to coordinate dates and locations.