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.
How You Can Get Involved
Help the Red Cross Sound the Alarm about home fire safety by taking 2 simple steps to help keep your family safe, volunteering, and providing financial support.
Pledge to prepare your family against home fires.
Volunteer to help families affected by home fires.
Help families prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires.
Donate to support Home Fire Relief and help save lives.
Thank You to Our Volunteers, Fundraisers and Donors
Sound the Alarm 2020 was postponed due to the coronavirus, but we can still celebrate the contributions of all the volunteers, fundraisers and donors who made Sound the Alarm so successful since we launched our national signature events in spring 2018. Since then we’ve installed more than 2.1 million free smoke alarms and prepared more than 2.3 million people from home fires.
We hope to see you again this year for our activities adapted for COVID-19 safety!
Thank You to Our 2021 National Partners
Do You Need a Smoke Alarm?
If you cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or are physically unable to install a smoke alarm, the Red Cross may be able to help.
1. Contact your local Red Cross by phone.
2. Visit the website for your local Red Cross. In the "Our Work" section look for information about the Home Fire Campaign or a Home Fire Safety Visit.
About the Home Fire Campaign
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most often in homes without working smoke alarms. That’s why the American Red Cross launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to save lives.
Sound the Alarm is a critical part of the campaign. Through our home visits, we’ve installed more than 2.1 million free smoke alarms and prepared more than 2.3 million people for home fires.
836 lives saved
2,179,964 smoke alarms installed
901,170 households made safer
1,628,263 youth reached through campaign
Sound the Alarm FAQs
When will you announce Sound the Alarm activities in my community?
Red Cross chapters nationwide are working hard to schedule local education and volunteer opportunities. Check back beginning in March for information about activities that may be taking place near you in April and May 2021.
In the meantime, you can connect with your local Red Cross for additional information about our home fire campaign or other volunteer opportunities. Search for your local chapter here.
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.
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