Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” Event Taking Place in Medford

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, with the support of community partners, has achieved its goal of installing 2.5 million free smoke alarms and making 1 million households safer across the country. 

Since launching in October 2014, the campaign has saved at least 1,583 lives nationwide — including at least 18 people in the Cascades Region — from the threat of home fires, which claim seven lives every day in the U.S. Most often, these tragedies occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

“We are proud of our incredible work with community partners to help save lives by providing free smoke alarms in Medford as part of the national Home Fire Campaign,” said Priscilla Fuentes, CEO, Red Cross Cascades Region. “This amazing effort has been made possible by every volunteer, donor and supporter who teamed up to care for vulnerable families in our community.”

Locally across the Cascades Region, Red Cross volunteers and partners have:

  • Installed nearly 40,000 free smoke alarms
  • Made more than 12,000 households safer
  • Educated more than 6,000 children through youth preparedness programs


Because home fires remain a daily threat and the campaign has made a lifesaving difference, the Red Cross will be continuing the program with community partners as part of its standard services, including a Sound the Alarm event on March 11, 2023, in Medford to install around 100 free smoke alarms with the Medford Fire Department.

Visit for a home fire safety visit and free smoke alarm installation. During 20-minute appointments, volunteers will share information on the causes of home fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts and how to create an escape plan.

In addition, the campaign’s other services will continue, such as teaching children about the threat of home fires and what to do through youth preparedness programs, installing accessible fire safety equipment like bedshaker alarms and strobe light smoke alarms for residents who are deaf or hard of hearing, and providing home fire safety resources in American Sign Language.

Home fires account for most of the more than 60,000 disasters that the Red Cross responds to annually in the Cascades Region and across the country. So far in 2023, Red Cross volunteers have helped more than 400 people affected by 123 home fires in the Cascades Region by providing emergency lodging, financial assistance for urgent needs like food and clothing, and one-on-one recovery support for navigating next steps and connecting with community resources.

Read more stories and see the campaign’s national impact at

HOW TO GET INVOLVED Help save lives through the campaign by becoming a volunteer or making a financial donation to prepare, respond and help families recover from home fires. Learn more at

You can also help your family by testing your smoke alarms monthly and practicing your two-minute home fire escape plan. Additional safety tips are available at and on the free Red Cross Emergency app (search “American Red Cross” in mobile app stores).

Source: Red Cross

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