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.
Minnesota-Dakotas Region Home Fire Campaign Impact
since program inception in 2014
Smoke alarms installed: over 35,000
Homes made safer: over 14,000
Youth taught: over 17,000
Read Stories From People Helped by the Home Fire Campaign
On a crisp and sunny Saturday morning, thirty-eight volunteers spread out across Plainview, Minnesota, to install more than 300 smoke alarms in family homes. On the previous Saturday, volunteers had canvassed around 400 homes in the community to identify where new fire detectors should be added or old ones replaced. Now, in mid-September, firefighters, community members and American Red Cross volunteers went in teams of three to five to install the new smoke alarms and to give home safety materials concerning home fire prevention and escape planning as part of the national Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. As the volunteers gathered at the Plainview Fire Department, the Sievers family was there to greet and thank them for the Red Cross help they received following a home fire disaster. A year ago Bobbie, Jake and their young son escaped from a fire that damaged the front of their house and up into the rafters. Red Cross volunteers responded, providing food and clothing for relief after the disaster. Finally, last December, they moved back home with much appreciation for the assistance they had received from local Red Cross volunteers. The Sievers family was a concrete reminder to the volunteers of the importance of what they were doing this day.
Partner With Us
Get Involved and Help Save Lives
Engage your organization to help implement fire safety programs in your community.
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 Minnesota Region will provide installation services in Minnesota 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.