As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic grows, the American Red Cross continues to work closely with public health officials to deliver our lifesaving mission where and when it’s safe to do so. To protect everyone’s safety, we have postponed all Sound the Alarm events, home fire safety visits and preparedness presentations until further notice.
Our top priority is protecting the people we serve and our volunteers, and we made this decision following the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to avoid gathering in groups unless essential.
For specific steps you can take to protect yourself and your family during the coronavirus 2019 pandemic, visit our coronavirus safety hub.
Just one day of your life can change someone else’s forever.
Home fires claim seven lives every day but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. The American Red Cross helps reduce home fire deaths and injuries through Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. This series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events takes place throughout the year.
During Sound the Alarm events, we:
Install free smoke alarms
Share safety information in at-risk communities, and
Fundraise to help families prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.
Learn More About the Home Fire Safety Campaign in the National Capital Region
Sound the Alarm FAQs
How do I find the address/times?
You can find information about all upcoming smoke alarm installation events in your local area by visiting our volunteer event search tool and entering your zip code.
How should I prepare for my event?
We want to make sure that you’re prepared to make our communities safer – and that you have a great volunteer experience.
That's why we developed short, streamlined training videos to help you get ready for your Sound the Alarm experience, which focus on the following topics:
Overviewof our Home Fire Campaign and Sound the Alarm events
How to conduct an in-home visit with safety, quality and effectiveness
Dress comfortably – you will be on your feet walking outdoors most of the day. Listen to the weather forecast!
What should I expect on the day of the event?
Your Sound the Alarm event will be a fun day of preparing families against home fires and making your community safer. Together, we will canvass neighborhoods, knock on doors, check smoke alarms in homes and replace if necessary, educate families about home fire safety, build evacuation plans with them and document our services.
When you arrive at the event location, follow the signs to check in. When everyone has arrived, there may be a short rally which gives us an opportunity to provide simple training and tips, as well as to celebrate you for generously volunteering your time!
You'll meet your installation team members (if you don't already know them) and receive supplies such as smoke alarms, a drill, educational materials, and a map of your route for the day. Then it's time to head out!
Most of your day will be spent visiting homes, installing smoke alarms, and providing home fire safety education to residents. You may be given scheduled appointments at particular homes on your route, or you may be knocking on doors to offer to install free smoke alarms, or a combination of both. In either case, you will be providing a valuable service to your community and helping to save lives.
May I bring other people with me?
Absolutely! We prefer everyone to register ahead of time so we are prepared to provide an excellent volunteer experience. If you don’t have time to register ahead, that’s okay, we will have forms available onsite.
Youth under 18 may volunteer at Sound the Alarm events but we do require parental consent. Please print out and have your parent/guardian fill out the Parental Consent form. Bring it with you to the registration table on the day of the event. Youth can serve in the documenter and educator positions on installation teams.
Connect with your local Red Cross for additional information about your event, our home fire campaign or other volunteer opportunities. Search for your local chapter or reference contact information within your email confirmation.
What if there is bad weather?
Our events will still occur. Please be prepared for all types of weather. If you must cancel, please let us know.
What information will I receive after I register?
You will receive event location information, training videos and contact information for your local Red Cross. Please note that some information may not be available until the final week prior to the event. If you need additional information at this time, please connect with your local chapter.