In a Home Fire, Can Your Family Safely Escape in Just 2 Minutes?
Accept the Challenge!
Home fires claim seven lives every day, but you can help change that. Join Mayor Sayegh and other leaders in New Jersey who have created their Fire Escape Plan and practiced it to get out in under two minutes.
Accept the Challenge: Practice your 2-minute escape drill and post your video on social media with #PrepareNJ between now and May 8, 2021. Let’s make NJ households safer!
Home Fire Escape Plans
Unsure where to start? Use these guides to help begin your escape plan:
A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening. Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items – especially lighters and matches. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak.
Parents: Mayor Sayegh reads Prepare with Pedro!, a storybook featuring a penguin named Pedro which helps young children learn how to BE PREPARED and TAKE ACTION for home fires.
Additional Resources for Children:
Monster Guard - Follow Maya, Chad, Olivia and all the monsters as they teach kids (aged 7-11) about how to prepare for real-life emergencies-at home plus other environments-in a fun and engaging game.
The Red Cross and Mayor Andre Sayegh Help Children Prepare With Pedro for Home Fires
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.
Sound the Alarm in New Jersey
Paterson has been chosen as our signature city for Sound the Alarm in New Jersey. We have a two-year plan and we’re grateful to have Mayor André Sayegh as a Champion for the campaign. The mayor is helping with a focus on education to help ALL New Jersey households be safer and prevent home fire fatalities.
The Red Cross is also working with the City of Paterson Housing Authority to help make 750 households safer by providing fire safety education, along with the installation of nearly 1,000 smoke alarms by the housing authority in at least six buildings.
Looking ahead to next year! It is our hope to be back out in Paterson and other neighborhoods installing free smoke alarms and educating families in person across the state once it’s safe to do so!
Home Fire Campaign in New Jersey
Each year, the Red Cross responds to an average of more than 60,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25%. You can help!