Smoke Alarms: Turning Home Fire Victims into Survivors
It’s the middle of the night, and a fire starts in your home. Will you and your loved ones make it out alive?
If you have working smoke alarms, your chance of survival increases by more than 50%. That’s a big difference—one that’s important to all of us but dramatically changes the odds for vulnerable people. Exposure to smoke, fire and flames is the the fourth-leading cause of accidental deaths for children under age 15. Other groups, like the elderly and racial minorities, are also at a heightened risk.
That’s why the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign. Through this initiative, we canvass high-risk communities. Going house to house, we install free smoke alarms, replace dead batteries in existing alarms, provide lifesaving information and help families make home fire escape plans.
Over 2 Million Alarms Installed
We passed this remarkable threshold in the fall of 2019, but our work is hardly done. Millions more homes still lack working alarms. We install them year-round with our biggest push in the spring, when committed Red Cross volunteers and partners install 100,000 new alarms in about 16 days!
To continue this lifesaving effort, we need a constant stream of smoke alarms—about 425,000 annually. By installing alarms on this tremendous scale, we are making our nation significantly safer.
Your donation will support:
1 Smoke Alarm = $15
3 Alarms for 1 family = $45
3 Alarms for 2 families = $90
3 Alarms for 5 families = $225
3 Alarms for 10 families = $450
You can also Text MIDFL to 41411 to donate today!