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5 Reasons to Stop, Collaborate and Listen About Fire Safety

The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters a year and the vast majority of those are home fires. That’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in October, 2014 to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires. Our goal is to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020.

1. Fire affects everyone – even celebrities.

These musicians share their personal stories of how home fires impacted their lives.

2. Neighbors helping neighbors. 

We’ve helped install 264,010 smoke alarms so far. See how Red Cross volunteers in Greater Atlanta worked together with their local fire department and a local Boy Scout troop to help their neighbors.

3. You can be a #firesafety hero at any age.

As a fourth grader at Beech Elementary School, Trinity received preparedness training with The Pillowcase Project. Trinity grabbed her pillowcase and pushed her family out the door when a fire broke out in the apartment above hers.

4. Smoke alarms save lives!

Gene Welsch knows all too well the importance of working smoke alarms. We are proud that our Home Fire Campaign has helped save 85 lives through the installation of smoke alarms and preparedness training.

5. Fire safety can be as simple as #2Steps2Minutes

Step 1 – practice escaping your home in under two minutes. Step 2 – check your smoke alarms monthly. Know your drill like this family.

Our Partners in Home Fire Prevention
Generous donations from Nationwide, Duracell and The Wawa Foundation are supporting the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

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  1. Installing a smoke alarm is imperative to make sure you stay safe from a fire. It needs to be loud enough to wake you up at night so you can get out. Thank you for sharing this!