SAFETY FIRST! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Red Cross continues to adapt Sound the Alarm activities to protect the people we serve and our volunteers. Volunteers applying for in-person position assignments must be fully vaccinated.
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.
That’s why the American Red Cross is rallying volunteers to install 50,000 free smoke alarms nationwide, as part of our Sound the Alarm events.
This spring we’ll:
Install free smoke alarms and share safety information in at-risk communities where it’s safe to do so
Fundraise to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires
Join us for a rewarding day at a Sound the Alarm event near you and invite others to fundraise or simply donate to help save lives.
This story was filmed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How You Can Get Involved
Help the Red Cross Sound the Alarm about home fire safety through education, volunteering and providing financial support.
Free Education to Help Your Family Prepare for Home Fire
Interested in learning more about how to prepare your home and family against a home fire? Sign up for a virtual home fire safety presentation from your local Red Cross. If needed, you will also be put on our list to receive a FREE smoke alarm installation for your household when it is safe to do so.
Availability depends on your location. More activities are being added all the time, so please check back soon if we don't have an opportunity for you today.
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Sound the Alarm FAQs
I signed up to have smoke alarms installed in my home. Will I still get help?
Your safety is our top priority. That’s why we postponed our in-home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you signed up for the Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in your home, we will contact you to reschedule when we resume our in-home visits or if we are able to offer in-home installations in partnership with your local fire department.