The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety.
Want to learn how to make your home safer?
The Red Cross and its partners are pleased to offer virtual education sessions on Home Fire Safety for residents of the Illinois Region from the comfort of your home.
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?
Home fires claim seven lives every day, but you can help change that.
This spring, join our national movement and pledge to keep your family safe by taking 2 simple steps: Practice your 2-minute escape drill and test your smoke alarms monthly.
American Red Cross volunteers will also Sound the Alarm in at-risk communities by:
Educating 100,000 people nationwide about home fire safety.
Helping families create an escape plan to practice their 2-minute drill.
Partnering with fire departments to install smoke alarms by appointment where it’s safe to do so.
Take 2 Simple Steps to Help Keep Your Family Safe
Pledge to prepare your family against home fires today.
1. Practice a 2-minute fire drill
2. Test your smoke alarms monthly
More Ways to Get Involved
Help the Red Cross Sound the Alarm about home fire safety by volunteering and providing financial support.
Volunteer to help families affected by home fires. *Not available in all locations.
Help families prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires.
Donate to support Home Fire Relief and help save lives.
Other Ways to Help
Help Kids Prepare
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
Partner With Us
Get Involved and Help Save Lives
Engage your organization to help implement fire safety programs in your community.
Thank You To Our Sound The Alarm Regional Sponsors
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.