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Hitting the Pavement: Smoke Alarm Installations Across the Country

Nothing helps rally Red Cross chapters and communities across the country like a prodigious goal. And in October, that’s what the Red Cross laid out: Over the next five years, we want to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in the United States by as much as 25 percent.


The home fire prevention campaign launched this past October and working with fire departments and community groups nationwide, the Red Cross has already installed thousands of smoke alarms in communities across the country. The effort involves educating people about fire safety through door-to-door canvassing in high-risk fire neighborhoods and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.


Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Red Crossers across the country partnered with fire departments, AmeriCorps, FEMA Corps, Boy Scouts, universities and more to make sure folks had smoke alarms, working batteries, and to teach people about home fire safety.

Here’s just a sampling of all the great work in progress across the country:


From New Jersey:


MLK -  East Orange , NJ

MLK - New Jersey canvassing

  To Chicago:

MLK - Chicago

In Hagerstown, Maryland:

MLK - Hagerstown 2

And Culpepper, Virginia:

MLK - Culpepper, VA

MLK - Culpeper, VA 3

MLK - Culpeper, VA 2

Over to Colorado Springs:

MLK - Colorado Springs, CO

And all the way to California:

MLK - Santa Ana MLK - Turnlock, California

Red Cross Orange County Chapter

New York:


Red Cross Greater New York

Up to the Dakotas:

Red Cross Dakotas Region


Learn more about the campaign on redcross.org.

If you want to help:

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.