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Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Saves Dozens of Lives; Installs Quarter of a Million Smoke Alarms Across U.S.

Fire Safety

FAIRFAX, VA – March 7, 2016 — The American Red Cross and thousands of Home Fire Campaign partners have helped save at least 77 lives and installed more than a quarter of a million smoke alarms in homes all across the country since the campaign launched in October of 2014.

Here in the National Capital Region, Red Cross workers and partners have visited nearly 700 homes, installing over 1,000 alarms, replacing just under 200 batteries and helping the community plan 600 escape routes. This was accomplished with the help of more than 200 volunteers and staff.  

“Every day seven people die in a home fire somewhere in the United States. Working with our partners, we are changing that by making people safer with each new smoke alarm we install,” said Linda Mathes, CEO. “The campaign has already helped to save the lives of dozens of people and we know that number will only grow as more alarms are installed and more people take action to prevent home fires.”

Home Fire Campaign supporters and partners here in the National Capital Region include the following:

  • American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Alexandria Fire Department
  • Arlington Fire Department
  • City of Manassas Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • City of Manassas Fire Department
  • City of Manassas Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Fairfax Fire Department
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Corps
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
  • Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention
  • Manassas Park Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Manassas Park Fire Department
  • Manassas Park Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Montgomery County Fire Department
  • Montgomery County Meals on Wheels
  • Prince George’s County Fire Department
  • Volunteer Alexandria
  • Washington DC Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism (CERT)
  • Washington DC’s Fire and Emergency Services


Daylight Saving Time occurs at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, March 13, and the Red Cross reminds everyone to TURN AND TEST – turn their clocks ahead one hour and test their smoke alarms. If someone’s home is lacking smoke alarms, residents should install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year, or according to the alarm manufacturer’s instructions.

Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. The plan should include two ways to get out of every room and a place to meet outside. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes with two stories or more.

People can visit to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from fire or contact National Capital Region at to learn about the location of local smoke alarm installation events. They can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNCR.