SAFETY FIRST! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Red Cross is adapting Sound the Alarm activities to protect the people we serve and our volunteers. Sound the Alarm may look different this year but our lifesaving mission to make families and communities safer from home fire continues.
In a Home Fire, Can Your Family Safely Escape in Just 2 Minutes?
The Illinois American Red Cross is proud to be a part of the Pillowcase Project, a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5 which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Brian Nestler, AEM, Regional Preparedness Manager, at Brian.Nestler@redcross.org.
The Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire or Other Disaster Every 8 Minutes.
Nationwide the Home Fire Campaign has already accomplished so much. Since 2014 we have:
Installed 2,144,342 smoke alarms
Saved 723 lives
Made 887,011 households safer
Reached 1,601,230 youth through the campaign
Some of the Ways the Illinois Red Cross has Impacted Lives Through the Home Fire Campaign
Family of Four Saved from Rockford House Fire Thanks to Red Cross Smoke Alarms
Barbara Juris, Oak Lawn kitchen fire survivor shares her story
Kankakee family credits smoke alarms for saving their lives after a home fire
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Get Involved and Help Save Lives
Engage your organization to help implement fire safety programs in your community.
Prepare, respond and help families recover from home fires.
1. The Red Cross and its partners can test existing smoke alarms and install up to three free smoke alarms for those that need them.
2. The Illinois Region will provide installation services in Illinois only. Requests will be fulfilled as resources allow, with priority given to requests during National Sound the Alarm events. 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)
3. 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.