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Sound the Alarm to Save Lives: A Campaign to End Home Fires

Little girl stands with to Red Cross Sound the Alarm volunteers.

Every day seven people are killed and another 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. And annually, we respond to nearly 64,000 disasters – the vast majority of which are home fires. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. To help end fire tragedies and save lives, we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

Installing 100,000 Smoke Alarms in 16 Days

A critical part of this campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. This April, we kicked off Sound the Alarm on April 28, with a goal of installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 cities across the U.S. in 16 days. Our volunteers have hit the ground running to help families prevent and prepare for home fires. Click through the below photo album to see some of our volunteers in action.

Providing Fire Safety Information in Local Communities

During these events Red Cross volunteers canvass high-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, provide home fire safety tips and help families create escape plans. Together with fire departments and other community partners, our volunteers have installed more than one million smoke alarms in homes, and that number continues to climb.

Join Us Today

Join us to help save more lives from home fires. Volunteer in your local community to help Sound the Alarm, make a financial contribution, or take steps to protect your loved ones today. Learn more here.

If you’re wondering what kind of Sound the Alarm volunteer opportunity suits your skills and personality best, take this quiz to find a good fit.

A Special Thanks to Our National Partners

This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family, Delta Air Lines and International Paper. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

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  1. I with one other volunteer installed about 68 fire detectors during national campaign ” sound the alarm” on 28th of April and 12th of May 2018 and I felt the clients of different neighborhoods underestimated the benefits of smoke alarms and most of them knew what escape plan is but they never rehearsed whether they would be able to get out of the house in less than two minutes

  2. Arshad, first of all, thank you for volunteering! You and all our volunteers are making a huge difference – and your observations are what make the Sound the Alarm campaign so important.

  3. While I completely appreciate your campaign it is absolutely horrible that these commercials are played during night time hours. We are a home that sleeps with television on and this commercial continually wakes us up every time it plays as it mimics our smoke alarm.

  4. Please stop the obnoxious commercial with smoke alarm. You can deliver message without scaring my elderly parents who doze off with TV on. I will not be making memorial donations to Red Cross until this commercial is off the air!