Home fires claim seven lives every day, but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. That’s why the American Red Cross of Louisiana is rallying volunteers to install free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety, as part of our nationwide Sound the Alarm events and Home Fire campaign, which helps save lives.
Thanks to our volunteers and community partnerships, the we installed a total of 1,159 smoke alarms in October and November, making 568 homes and 1,432 Louisianans safer.
We shattered the campaign goal of 750 installed smoke alarms by 55%, an achievement made possible with an outpouring of community support.
A breakdown of this year’s Sound the Alarm signature events in Ruston, Shreveport, Marrero and Merryville is as follows:
November 18 - Shreveport and Merryville: Red Cross volunteers and partners installed 206 smoke alarms, making 106 homes and 263 people safer.
November 4 – Marrero: Red Cross volunteers and partners installed 252 smoke alarms, making 105 homes and 252 people safer.
October 28 – Ruston: Red Cross volunteers and partners installed 73 smoke alarms, making 47 homes and 104 people safer.
Red Cross volunteers and partners, including BASF in Geismar, also completed appointment-based home fire safety visits, installing 545 free smoke alarms, making 266 homes and 672 people safer.
How You Can Get Involved
Need a smoke alarm?
If you are located in the communities where installation events are taking place, or even if you’re outside of our Sound the Alarm event window and locations and you’re in need of a smoke alarm, click below to submit a request.
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 Louisiana Region will provide installation services in Louisiana 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/fire.