1. When Cooking
2. Around Heating Equipment
3. By Accident
1. Keep Your Smoke Alarms Working Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries as needed. Never disable a smoke alarm by removing the battery. Instead use the “hush” button to silence false or nuisance alarms. There should be at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home. All smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years of use, or earlier if needed.
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2. Create a Home Fire Escape Plan Practice your escape plan at least twice a year, and make sure that everyone in your household can get out and meet at your safe meeting place in less than 2 minutes. Consider the needs of children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities, access or functional needs who may need help in the event of a home fire.
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3. Educate Others It's important to bring fire safety into the conversation at home, in our schools, in the workplace, and throughout the community. Contact your local Red Cross to request a FREE youth preparedness class called The Pillowcase Project for students in grades 3-5.
4. Volunteer Fully 90% of Red Cross humanitarian efforts are made possible by our dedicated volunteers. This includes Sound the Alarm , when over 30,000 volunteers mobilize to install 100,000 smoke alarms and educate their communities about fire safety.
5. Fundraise and Donate 91 cents of every dollar donated to the American Red Cross goes directly to humanitarian efforts. In 2016, that included spending more than $332.8 million on disaster response. Without donors like you, we can't continue this work.
The American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters each year; 90% of which are caused by home fires. On average, 7 people die each day and 36 others are injured because of home fires.
Sound the Alarm
What can we do to prevent this? In 2014, the American Red Cross started the Home Fire Campaign, which aims to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25% through fire safety education and free smoke alarm installations.
Through our Sound the Alarm installation and fire safety events, American Red Cross volunteers and community partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide. Events will take place in more than 100 communities across the country providing a lifesaving service. Why is Sound the Alarm so important?
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Smoke alarms properly installed, tested, and maintained play a critical role in saving lives if a home fire does occur. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half.
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
Smoke alarms save lives and so does education, another critical element of the Home Fire Campaign.
Education Is Also Key
Smoking-related fires are the leading cause of home fire fatalities. If you do smoke, please remember to: • Properly extinguish all smoking-related materials • Never smoke in bed
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The following populations are at a higher risk of dying in a home fire: • Older adults over the age of 50 • Young children under the age of 5 • People with disabilities • Low income households
Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it at least 2X per year with your entire household to make sure that everyone is prepared to escape quickly and stay safe in the event of a home fire. If there is a fire, you may have less than two minutes to get out.
A Path to Safety
While only 20% of home fires occur between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, over half of all home fire deaths occur at night.
According to research, only 1/3 of Americans have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
The majority of Americans don’t know that they may have less than 2 minutes to get to safety during a home fire.
Since 2014, the Home Fire Campaign has provided services to over 1 million people across all 50 states, the District of Colombia, and four US territories. So far, the Red Cross and its partners have documented over 303 lives saved as a result of these efforts.
What the American Red Cross Is Doing To Help
Sound the Alarm volunteers have installed over 1,000,000 free smoke alarms in nearly 400,000 homes across America.
1,000,000 free smoke alarms
400,000 homes across America
Volunteers have helped create over 340,000 home fire escape plans so that families can escape safely in less than 2 minutes. Through the in-school program, The Pillowcase Project, over 900,000 youth have learned about fire safety and preparedness.
900,000 educated on fire safety
340,000 escape plans made
The Home Fire Campaign has one goal: reduce death and injury from home fires by 25%. We accomplish this through education, outreach, and, most importantly, through the installation of free smoke alarms in homes across the nation — but we can't do it alone.
What You Can Do To Help
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