Why Home Fire Preparedness?
Every day, across the country, seven people die in home fires—most in homes that lack properly working smoke alarms. Additionally, every day, 36 people suffer injuries as a result of a home fire, and over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year. Sadly, children and the elderly are most likely to lose their lives.
Here in the Los Angeles Region, the Red Cross responds to a home fire on average 1 to 2 times a day. That’s why the Prepare SoCal and Prepare LA campaigns are so integral for helping individuals, families and communities become better prepared for home fires.
A critical part of Prepare SoCal is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. Throughout the Southern California region, Red Cross volunteers, along with community coalitions, civic leaders, fire departments and other partners, will canvass vulnerable neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and provide home fire prevention information and safety education to families and individuals.
In just three years, we’ve installed more than 23,000 smoke alarms in the Los Angeles area alone! And, with these home visits, we have better prepared nearly 28,000 people for home fires.
The American Red Cross, along with its partners, wants to improve the odds of surviving a home fire by reducing the number of deaths and injuries related to home fires by 25% by the year 2020.
You can help.
- Get Prepared at Home: Learn how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover after a home fire.
- Teach Fire Safety in Your Classroom: The Disney Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for 3rd – 5th graders, and teaches students about personal and family emergency preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills.
- Volunteer to Help Others: Volunteer to Help: Join your local Red Cross to help install free smoke alarms, educate your community about fire safety, or help people recover after a home fire.
- Make a Donation: Help families prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.
- Sound the Alarm. Save a Life: You can help end home fires by volunteering at four events this spring to install free smoke alarms and teach fire safety.