Here’s a great way you can help your community: Partner with the Red Cross to help stamp out house fires. From April 28 through May 12, the Red Cross is organizing a push to install smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods as part of their annual Sound the Alarm Campaign.
The Sound the Alarm Campaign works in conjunction with community organizations and local fire departments to install free smoke detectors in homes and apartments at no cost to residents.
The vast majority of crises to which the Red Cross responds are not natural disasters like earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, or floods – they’re home fires. Every day, home fires in the US take lives, destroy property, and displace families. That’s why the Red Cross has set a goal to reduce home fires by 25%, and they need your help. They are looking for 35,000 volunteers across the nation to help install alarms.
You can get involved by signing up at to volunteer at the Home Fire Campaign.
- Donate your time to help install alarms or batteries, or to canvas at-risk neighborhoods.
- Donate a few dollars to help reduce the threat of home fires in high-risk communities.
- Attend a fire safety event to learn how to mitigate your risks.
- If you’re an educator, devote some classroom time to fire safety techniques.
- See events by date & by state. (PDF)
While you’re at it, take a moment to test your own smoke alarms. Maybe they need fresh batteries! It takes just a minute to keep your family, your pets, and your property protected from the threat of a house fire. Here are more home fire prevention tips.