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Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

Thank you to the thousands of volunteers that joined us to Sound the Alarm in your community to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in at-risk communities across more than 100 cities. Together, we’re saving lives!

We are proud to announce during Sound the Alarm 2018, 31,300 volunteers registered to be part of our installation and home visit events, installed 122,259 smoke alarms and raised over $15,400,000. Thank you for your continued support of Red Cross. Join us in your local communities for events, just like this, throughout the year.

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives- that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers:

  • Canvass at-risk neighborhoods
  • Install free smoke alarms
  • Replace batteries in existing alarms
  • Provide fire prevention and safety education
  • In just three years, our home visits have accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 1 million smoke alarms and preparing more than 1 million people against home fires.

    Thank you!

    We are so grateful to all the volunteers and donors who made Sound the Alarm 2018 so successful. We reached our goals of installing 100,000 smoke alarms, with 28,000 volunteers and raised $15,000,000!
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    You may:
  • Download a list of events by Date/Time
  • Download a list of events by State
  • Search for the event by zip code through our search function on this page
  • Contact your location chapter
  • Dress comfortably – you will be on your feet walking outdoors most of the day. Listen to the weather forecast!

    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, education families about home fire safety, build evacuation plans with them and document our services.

    Below are a few videos to learn more:

  • Overview of our Home Fire Campaign and Sound the Alarm events
  • How to conduct an in-home visit with safety, quality and effectiveness
  • Roles with responsibilities for Smoke Alarm Installers
  • Roles with responsibilities Educators
  • Roles with responsibilities for Documenters
  • 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 participate but require a parental consent to participate in Sound the Alarm events. 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. Opportunities available for youth are Documenter and Educator positions on Installation T eams.

    We are sorry you are unable to attend. Please let your local chapter know or email
    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.
    Our events will still occur. Please be prepared for all types of weather. If you must cancel, please let us know.
    Yes, we are happy to help. Connect with your local chapter or send an email to
    You should have received event location information, training videos and contact information for your local Red Cross. If you need additional information, connect with your local chapter.

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