Sound the Alarm to Save a Life

By Mary Guiher, Communications & Marketing Volunteer

Did you know every day seven people die in home fires across the nation?  The Red Cross is working to help prevent such tragedies with the ‘Sound the Alarm, Save a Life Campaign’ now in its fifth year of operation.

Campaign 2019:pie chart

Beginning April 27-May 12, 2019, the Red Cross will be canvasing at-risk neighborhoods across the nation to ‘Sound the Alarm’ about fire safety and prevention.

“The purpose of the Sound the Alarm campaign is to make households safer with home fire safety education and the installation of fire alarms,” said Ohio Buckeye Region Disaster Preparedness Manager, Emily Hesselbein.

The goal of the Red Cross is to install over 100,000 fire alarms in 100 cities during the campaign window. Here in the Buckeye Region, the organization will be partnering with fire departments, local groups and volunteers to canvas at-risk neighborhoods all over the State.

“We currently have 22 events scheduled throughout Toledo and Columbus media markets, and we will install over 3,000 alarms during the INSTA timeframe,” said Hesselbein.

This will be the second year the Buckeye Region will be participating in this event. Regional Volunteer Services Officer, Jordan Tetting, said last year, close to 500 volunteers participated in the campaign. Tetting is hoping to double those efforts by signing up over 1,000 people to help this year.

“Volunteers can choose which event they want to attend when they sign up,” Tetting said. Various jobs include working alongside fire officials from local departments to help install smoke alarms and change batteries in existing alarms, educate families about fire safety and prevention or participate in fundraising.

First Year Success:

Last year volunteers and partners visited 200 communities across the State and helped install 25,000 smoke alarms, replace over 1,700 batteries in existing alarms, and develop more than 10,000 escape plans for families.

The National Sound the Alarm Event is the premier event the Red Cross initiates to bolster community knowledge of the program while increasing and engaging volunteer participation and attracting new donors.

This event can, and does, help save lives!

How to Get Involved:

Sign up to help with the 2019 campaign by visiting to register for a date and time or visit this link.

For questions for further information contact:

Jordan Tetting, Regional Volunteer Services Officer

Phone: (614) 251-1782


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