Home fires claim seven lives every day, but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. That’s why the American Red Cross is rallying volunteers to install free smoke alarms, as part of our nationwide Sound the Alarm events.
This year we’ll install free smoke alarms, create escape plans and share fire safety information.
Join us for a rewarding day at a Sound the Alarm event near you. Make an even greater impact and donate to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires.
How do I find the address/times?
You can find information about all upcoming smoke alarm installation events in your local area by visiting our volunteer event search tool and entering your zip code.
How should I prepare for my event?
We want to make sure that you’re prepared to make our communities safer – and that you have a great volunteer experience.
That's why we developed short, streamlined training videos to help you get ready for your Sound the Alarm experience:
The in-home visit team training essentials videos are grouped together in a playlist for easy viewing.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably – you will be on your feet walking outdoors most of the day. Be sure to listen to the weather forecast because our event will happen rain or shine!
What should I expect on the day of the event?
Your Sound the Alarm event will be a fun day of preparing families against home fires and making your community safer. Together, we will canvass neighborhoods, knock on doors, check smoke alarms in homes and replace if necessary, educate families about home fire safety, build evacuation plans with them and document our services.
When you arrive at the event location, follow the signs to check in. When everyone has arrived, there may be a short rally which gives us an opportunity to provide simple training and tips, as well as to celebrate you for generously volunteering your time!
You'll meet your installation team members (if you don't already know them) and receive supplies such as smoke alarms, a drill, educational materials, and a map of your route for the day. Then it's time to head out!
Most of your day will be spent visiting homes, installing smoke alarms, and providing home fire safety education to residents. You may be given scheduled appointments at particular homes on your route, or you may be knocking on doors to offer to install free smoke alarms, or a combination of both. In either case, you will be providing a valuable service to your community and helping to save lives.
May I bring other people with me?
Absolutely! We prefer everyone to register ahead of time so we are prepared to provide an excellent volunteer experience. If you don’t have time to register ahead, that’s okay, we will have forms available onsite.
Youth under 18 may volunteer at Sound the Alarm events but we do require parental consent. Please print out and have your parent/guardian fill out the Parental Consent form. Bring it with you to the registration table on the day of the event. Youth can serve in the documenter and educator positions on installation teams.
What information will I receive after I register?
After you register for Sound the Alarm, you will receive event location information, training videos and contact information for your local Red Cross. Please note that some information may not be available until the final week prior to the event. If you need additional information at this time, please connect with your local chapter.
What if there is bad weather?
Sound the Alarm events will take place as scheduled, even if there is bad weather. Please check the weather report before your event so you can be prepared. If you must cancel, please let us know.
How do I cancel?
We are sorry you are unable to attend. Please let your local chapter know or email SoundtheAlarmVols@redcross.org.
Who can I contact with other questions?
Connect with your local Red Cross for additional information about your event, our home fire campaign or other volunteer opportunities. Search for your local chapter or reference contact information within your email confirmation.