Sound the Alarm

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters every year – the vast majority of which are home fires. That means that every day in this country, on average, seven people are killed in a home fire and another 36 people suffer injuries. To end these tragedies and save lives, the American Red Cross launched a nationwide Home Fire Campaign in 2014 with the goal of reducing the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. This fall, in their effort to reduce death and injury from home fires across the country, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm through a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in more than 100 high-risk communities in the United States. From September 23 to October 15, volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms across the country, culminating in the installation of our one-millionth smoke alarm. In Coastal Virginia, events include Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and Newport News on Saturday, October 7, 2017. You can volunteer at, or for more information, contact Perla Santillan, Disaster Program Manager Coastal Virginia at 757-536-9858 or