As of November 2, 2017, the Red Cross has installed 1 million smoke alarms, and 285 lives have been saved. Candace Horter, Regional Chief Executive Officer of Red Cross Cascade Region, is “grateful to everyone who has supported our Home Fire Campaign. Red Cross volunteers have been working hard along with local fire departments and our community partners to reduce home fire tragedies.”
Horter explained that since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and our 4,400 partner organizations have conducted home visits to install free smoke alarms, assist families with developing fire escape plans, and provide home fire safety education. This campaign has reached nearly 895,000 kids through youth preparedness programs. It also helped create more than 340,000 home fire escape plans and replaced more than 51,000 dead smoke alarm batteries.
The success of the Home Fire Campaign is made possible thanks to the generous financial donations from our national partners: Almost Family, Delta Air Lines, and International Paper. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. We’re very grateful for this support.
This spring, the Red Cross will issue our Sound the Alarm campaign, which is a series of events dedicated to home fire safety and smoke alarm installations. From April 28 to May 13, 2018, the Red Cross plans to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across more than 100 major cities. Our partner organizations will participate as well.
Volunteers and financial contributions are still needed. Please join us by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires. Together, we can Sound the Alarm
about fire safety and help save lives. Visit SoundTheAlarm.org
for more information.