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.
Do You Need a Smoke Alarm?
The Red Cross and its partners can test existing smoke alarms and install up to three free smoke alarms for those that need them.
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. Sound the Alarm is a critical part of our Home Fire Campaign that was launched in 2014.
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.
How You Can Get Involved
Join us for a rewarding day at a Sound the Alarm event near you and invite others to sponsor your commitment to help save lives.
Volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community.
Fundraise on Facebook to help Sound the Alarm.
Donate to support home fire relief and help save lives.
Special thanks to the Wing-Benjamin Trust for their gift to support Sound the Alarm in Augusta.
The Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire or Other Disaster Every 8 Minutes.
In the Northern New England Region, the Red Cross and its partners have:
Installed more than 26,409 smoke alarms
Helped create more than 7,525 home fire escape plans
Served more than 20,444 people in our communities
Helped make more than 8,468 households safer
Reached 12,552 Youth through the Pillowcase Project
Home Fire Campaign In Action
The American Red Cross responds to approximately 500 fires in Northern New England each year, providing financial assistance for food, clothing and emergency shelter. The region has ramped up our prevention efforts and is taking our fire safety message to the cities and towns of the Northern New England Region. Teams of volunteers are going door-to-door in targeted neighborhoods, meeting with residents, sharing fire safety tips, and installing free smoke alarms where needed.
The Home Fire Campaign and Sound the Alarm rely on the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, who come from businesses, schools, civic organizations and elsewhere in the community. They help spread the message of fire safety and help keep our communities safe.
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 Northern New England Region will provide installation services in Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont 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.