Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

Every day, seven people die and another 36 are injured due to a home fire. Sadly, many of these cases could have been prevented with properly working smoke alarms. That is why the Red Cross is ready to Sound the Alarm in our Southern California communities. Sound the Alarm is a national Red Cross campaign consisting of a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. 

Since 2014, the Red Cross, in partnership with fire departments and other local groups, has visited homes installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and providing fire prevention and safety education to prevent needless tragedies. To date, the Red Cross has installed over One Million smoke alarms and saved an estimated 415 lives. 

Join us to Sound the Alarm and help save lives. Click on one of the events below to become a volunteer or, click on how to be a sponsor. 

Do You Need a Smoke Alarm?

If you would like to request a smoke alarm installation please use one of the following options:

  • Central California Region (Mariposa, Madera, Merced, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties)
    • Contact info coming soon
  • Los Angeles Region (Kern, Inyo, and Los Angeles counties)
  • Desert to the Sea Events (Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties)
    • Contact info coming soon

Upcoming Sound the Alarm Events

Red Cross is hosting Sound the Alarm, Save a Life fire safety events to help families prepare for and prevent home fires. We need volunteers to help install smoke alarms, complete fire safety checklists and create fire escape plans with local families.

To find another Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. events in other communities, visit and search by zip code.

Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved with Sound the Alarm:

Volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community.

Fundraise to support the Home Fire Campaign.

Make a donation to support Sound the Alarm.

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Get more tips and learn more about home fire safety on the Red Cross website.

Volunteer Opportunities

Anyone can register to help and training is provided! Here are the volunteer positions available:

Smoke Alarm Installer— Conduct home visits on installation day to test, replace and/or install smoke alarms.

Disaster Safety Educator— Provide education to residents on fire safety and local hazards, and assist residents in completing a home fire escape plan.

Documenter/Reporter— Document the services provided during the home visit and complete forms and reports.

First Time Volunteering for the Home Fire Campaign? We can’t wait to see you at an installation event soon! In the meantime, if you want to learn more about our smoke alarm installation events, just watch this video about installation volunteers in action. 

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please reach out to the appropriate contact:

Be Engaged To Help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

The Prepare SoCal Digital Street Team will be in attendance at Sound the Alarm events to take photos and engage the Red Cross’ digital audience.

Do you have Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Post your photos with the hashtag #EndHomeFires and tag @RedCrossLA for Twitter and Instagram or /RedCrossLA for Facebook. Our communications team will re-tweet and share your images through the Red Cross LA social media accounts.