As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic grows, the American Red Cross continues to work closely with public health officials to deliver our lifesaving mission where and when it’s safe to do so. To protect everyone’s safety, we have postponed all Sound the Alarm events, home fire safety visits and preparedness presentations until further notice.
Our top priority is protecting the people we serve and our volunteers, and we made this decision following the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to avoid gathering in groups unless essential.
For specific steps you can take to protect yourself and your family during the coronavirus 2019 pandemic, visit our coronavirus safety hub.
What is Sound the Alarm?
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. The American Red Cross helps reduce home fire deaths and injuries through Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. This series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events takes place throughout the year.
During Sound the Alarm events, we:
Install free smoke alarms
Share safety information in at-risk communities, and
Fundraise to help families prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.
How You Can Get Involved
Join us for a rewarding day at a Sound the Alarm event near you and invite others to sponsor your commitment to help save lives.
Volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community.
Fundraise on Facebook to help Sound the Alarm.
Donate to support home fire relief and help save lives.
Thank You to Our 2019 Volunteers, Fundraisers and Donors
We are grateful to all the volunteers, fundraisers and donors who made Sound the Alarm 2019 so successful. We reached our goals of installing 100,000 smoke alarms with the help of more than 30,000 volunteers, and raised over $15,000,000!
We hope to see you again this year!
Thank You to Our 2020 National Partners
And Our Sound the Alarm Regional Lead Partners
HSBC – North America
Motorola Solutions Foundation
The PG&E Corporation Foundation
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 victims in homes that lack smoke alarms. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives - that's why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
Sound the Alarm is a critical part of the campaign. In just six years, our home visits have accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 2 million smoke alarms and preparing more than 2 million people against home fires.
761 lives saved
2,153,053 smoke alarms installed
890,371 households made safer
1,603,767 youth reached through campaign
Sound the Alarm FAQs
Will the Red Cross cancel or postpone the Sound the Alarm event in our community due to the coronavirus?
Our top priority is protecting the well-being of the people we serve and our volunteers, while delivering lifesaving services. Because the global COVID-19 pandemic has grown rapidly in the U.S., we have postponed all Sound the Alarm events, home fire safety visits and preparedness presentations until further notice.
Why did the Red Cross postpone the Sound the Alarm event in our community? When will it be rescheduled?
Our top priority is protecting the well-being of the people we serve and our volunteers, while delivering lifesaving services. The Red Cross worked closely with public health officials and partners to follow the latest guidance from the CDC and postpone Sound the Alarm events and home fire safety visits until further notice. We plan to reschedule and will provide more information as it becomes available.
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 are postponing our in-home visits as we continue to work closely with local public health officials and partners to follow the latest guidance from the CDC. 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. This was a difficult decision, and we want to assure you that these measures are in place to help protect everyone’s well-being.
How can I volunteer in South Carolina?
South Carolina residents who are interested in volunteering for Sound the Alarm can register here.
How do I find the address/times?
You can find information about all upcoming smoke alarm installation events in your local area by visiting our volunteer event search tool and entering your zip code.
How should I prepare for my event?
We want to make sure that you’re prepared to make our communities safer – and that you have a great volunteer experience.
That's why we developed short, streamlined training videos to help you get ready for your Sound the Alarm experience, which focus on the following topics:
Overviewof our Home Fire Campaign and Sound the Alarm events
How to conduct an in-home visit with safety, quality and effectiveness
Dress comfortably – you will be on your feet walking outdoors most of the day. Listen to the weather forecast!
What should I expect on the day of the event?
Your Sound the Alarm event will be a fun day of preparing families against home fires and making your community safer. Together, we will check smoke alarms in homes and replace if necessary, educate families about home fire safety, build evacuation plans with them and document our services.
When you arrive at the event location, follow the signs to check in. When everyone has arrived, there may be a short rally which gives us an opportunity to provide simple training and tips, as well as to celebrate you for generously volunteering your time!
You'll meet your installation team members (if you don't already know them) and receive supplies such as smoke alarms, a drill, educational materials, and a map of your route for the day. Then it's time to head out!
Most of your day will be spent visiting homes, installing smoke alarms, and providing home fire safety education to residents. Plus, you will be providing a valuable service to your community and helping to save lives.
May I bring other people with me?
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 volunteer at Sound the Alarm events but we do require parental consent. 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. Youth can serve in the documenter and educator positions on installation teams.
Can someone help me with my Facebook fundraiser?
Please visit our Fundraising Toolkit page for help in creating your Facebook fundraiser. We also have stories, photos and social media messages you can customize to get the word out and make your fundraiser a success!
How do I cancel?
We’re sorry you’re unable to attend. To cancel your event registration, click here and enter your zip code. Select the event you registered for and then click next (note: you may be asked to log in to Volunteer Connection at this point). From there, you will see the Event Details page and you can cancel your reservation at the bottom.
Who can I contact with other questions?
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.
If you have already signed up for a Sound the Alarm event, check out SoundTheAlarm.org/Info for answers to many common questions
What if there is bad weather?
Our events will still occur. Please be prepared for all types of weather. If you must cancel, please let us know.
What information will I receive after I register?
You will receive event location information, training videos and contact information for your local Red Cross. Please note that some information may not be available until the final week prior to the event. If you need additional information at this time, please connect with your local chapter.