Home fires take seven lives a day in the U.S., but working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. That’s why the American Red Cross launched Sound the Alarm to help prevent home fire tragedies.
Since the campaign launched in 2014, we’ve helped save more than 760 lives across the country. This critical work is made possible with the support of our partners, who have worked with us to install more than 2.1 million free smoke alarms in vulnerable homes through our nationwide canvassing events.
Typically, during Sound the Alarm events, volunteers and partners visit homes in at-risk communities to install free smoke alarms and help families create home fire escape plans. As the COVID-19 pandemic grew, we made the difficult, but necessary, decision to postpone these home visits. Despite this, we’re continuing to make strides in helping people prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.
Home fires don't stop suring a pandemic. Neither do we.
We continue to educate people about fire safety through our digital platforms and apps and by sharing free online resources. And as new home fires have occurred, our commitment to helping those in need hasn’t wavered. To protect everyone’s safety with social distancing during COVID-19, Red Cross volunteers are working with local fire departments to connect with families by phone or video calls, offering a sympathetic ear and linking them to available support, such as hotel stays and emergency financial assistance.