To help save lives and increase preparedness, residents throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington can get free smoke alarms in their home by calling (503) 528-5783. Appointments may also be made online. Smoke alarms have a tamper-resistant, 10-year lithium battery and are installed free of charge to residents.
Home fires are the greatest disaster threat to individuals and families across the country. Last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 60,000 home fires across the U.S., including an average of two every day in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, launched in 2014 aims to reduce by 25 percent death and injury caused by home fires by 2019. This is done through the installation of lifesaving smoke alarms and assisting families with home-fire prevention planning.
“When a home fire displaces residents, the Red Cross is often the first call the fire department makes and the first on the scene to assist those affected,” says Amy Shlossman, chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. “We provide support through trained disaster action team volunteers — day or night, wherever there is a need. The Red Cross starts the recovery process, helping the residents get to a warm, dry place; identifying immediate needs; and providing lodging and emergency financial assistance for basic necessities, including food and clothing. In the days and weeks that follow, trained Red Cross mental health professionals and case workers help families get back on their feet and make connections to long term service providers where needed.”
Volunteers are needed.
Volunteers are needed for these community outreach events. Working in teams, volunteers canvass designated neighborhoods to install smoke alarms, educate families about fire prevention and map fire escape routes. Training is provided at each event. We encourage individuals, as well as businesses, church groups and other civic organizations to volunteer.
Upcoming events are listed below:
Portland, OR - May 7
Clackamas, OR - May 14
Roseburg, OR - May 14
Portland, OR - June 25
Medford, OR - June 25
Portland, OR - July 30
New volunteers can sign up to participate here.
Current Red Cross volunteers can sign up to participate here.
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The smoke alarm installation campaign is a partnership with the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Oregon and the Vancouver Fire Corps in Southwest Washington
1. The Red Cross and its partners will install a limited number of free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or for those who are physically unable to install a smoke alarm.
2. The Red Cross installs a limited number of specialized bedside alarms for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
3. A number of organizations are partnering with the Red Cross to accomplish the goals of our Home Fire Campaign. Depending on where you live and other factors, it is possible that we will forward your request to one of our partner organizations so they can contact you to set up an appointment.
4. The Cascades Region provides installation services in Oregon and Southern Washington only. If you live outside of this area and would like to identify your local region office, please visit RedCross.org (or call 1-800-REDCROSS).
5. If you are able to purchase and install your own smoke alarm, but would like information on home fire safety and smoke alarm installation, please visit redcross.org/homefire.