Every day, seven people die from a home fire. It is the most frequent disaster in the United States. To escape one, people have just two minutes to make their way to safety.
In 2014, the American Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by installing free smoke alarms in homes that need them and teaching families about home fire safety. Having working smoke alarms in your home can cut the risk of dying by 50 percent.
To date, the campaign has helped save at least 1,583 lives by the installation of more than 2.5 million free smoke alarms nationwide. Additionally, more than 1 million households have been made safer across the country.
In Michigan, Red Cross volunteers and employees have made significant contributions to the campaign’s progress.