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 Working Smoke Alarms?
With the support of local volunteers and partners, the Red Cross can help.
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.
The Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire or Other Disaster Every 8 Minutes.
In Eastern New York, the Red Cross and its partners have:
Visited homes in nearly 200 cities and towns
Served more than 4,100 people
Educated nearly 1,000 youth
Conducted more than 1,500 in-home visits
Installed more than 4,300 smoke alarms
Created more than 1,500 fire escape plans
The Home Fire Campaign In Action
American Red Cross volunteer and board member Liz Peters talks about her experience installing smoke alarms for local families during a Home Fire Campaign event in the City of Schenectady this Fall.
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 Eastern New York Region will provide installation services in Eastern New York 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.