A fire can destroy a home in as little as two minutes — but working smoke alarms can help prevent it from taking your life.
That’s why the American Red Cross is working with community partners to install free smoke alarms and share fire safety information with families through our Home Fire Campaign — which has now helped to save more than 1,700 lives since launching in 2014.
Bettye Brewer is among those who survived a home fire, thanks to campaign. Just two months after Red Cross volunteers installed free smoke alarms in her Alabama home, those same alarms alerted her and her family to safely escape a fire in December 2022.
“Those smoke alarms really helped me,” Bettye said. “It saved my family. It saved our lives.” Watch her story in the video featured above.
HOW TO STAY SAFE Help protect you and your family by testing your smoke alarms monthly and practicing your two-minute home fire escape drill. Follow these safety tips, which can also be downloaded on the free Red Cross Emergency app (search “American Red Cross” in mobile app stores):
Resources are also available in American Sign Language.
GET INVOLVED WITH THE CAMPAIGN Help save lives by becoming a volunteer or making a financial donation to prepare, respond and help families recover from home fires. Learn more at redcross.org/homefires.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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