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No More Fire Deaths/Home Fire Campaign - Philadelphia 3.11.2017

The Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in neighborhoods at greatest risk for home fires and engage residents in fire education and prevention efforts. Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires and seven times a day in the United States, someone dies in a home fire. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020.

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year


S. 25th and Reed St.

Philadelphia, PA 19146

Detailed Timeline:

  • 9:30 am – Registration and coffee/donuts for volunteers begins
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Orientation & training for volunteers 
  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Installation Effort

Please note: Volunteers at this event should be able to walk comfortably on uneven sidewalks and be able to use stairs while carrying 10-15 pounds.

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If you are under 18, you must complete the parental consent form - please bring the completed and signed form with you to the event. Copies of the Parental Consent forms can also be submitted by email to elisabeth.valdez@redcross.org or by fax to 215-299-4081.

Please note: Home Visit Team Members must be 16 years of age at the time of the event with a completed parental consent form on record or be accompanied by an adult..

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Home visit teams usually consist of 3 positions:

Educator – Review a safety checklist with residents and help them complete a fire escape plan.

Installer - Install smoke alarm or batteries in working smoke alarms and test them.

Documenter - Record each visit, obtain resident signatures and document alarms/batteries installed.


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