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.
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.
In a Home Fire, Can Your Family Safely Escape in Just 2 Minutes?
Home fires claim seven lives every day, but you can help change that.
This spring, join our national movement and pledge to keep your family safe by taking 2 simple steps: Practice your 2-minute escape drill and test your smoke alarms monthly.
American Red Cross volunteers will also Sound the Alarm in at-risk communities by:
Educating 100,000 people nationwide about home fire safety.
Helping families create an escape plan to practice their 2-minute drill.
Partnering with fire departments to install smoke alarms by appointment where it’s safe to do so.
Take 2 Simple Steps to Help Keep Your Family Safe
Pledge to prepare your family against home fires today.
1. Practice a 2-minute fire drill
2. Test your smoke alarms monthly
More Ways to Get Involved
Help the Red Cross Sound the Alarm about home fire safety by volunteering and providing financial support.
Volunteer to help families affected by home fires. *Not available in all locations.
Help families prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires.
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 Wisconsin the Red Cross and its partners have:
8,288 people served by the Home Fire Campaign
Helped make 3,223 households safer
Created 2,301 home fire safety checklists
Installed 6,790 smoke alarms
Helped create 2,580 escape plans
Replaced 368 smoke alarm batteries
Smoke Alarm Story
Watch this true story of a Wisconsin resident who had smoke alarms sitting on his counter, always thinking, I’ll get new batteries tomorrow. Local news and Fire Chief Weiss shares what happened next. Please, don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today!
Partner With Us
Get Involved and Help Save Lives
Engage your organization to help implement fire safety programs in your community.
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 Wisconsin Region will provide installation services in Wisconsin 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.