Sound the Alarm! Volunteers Needed to Help the Red Cross Install Life Saving Smoke Alarms

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American Red Cross - Cascades Region

Home Fire

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives, that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Red Cross volunteers, along with fire departments and other partners canvass at-risk neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, and providing fire prevention and safety education

There are a variety of ways to help on this campaign. Please see below for a general description of these options and indicate any preference you have in terms of how you'd like to help us on the day of the event.

Volunteer Safety Educator: Educates the family on fire safety and assists with completing a disaster plan while the smoke alarms are being installed. This volunteer should be comfortable speaking with a wide variety of individuals.

Volunteer Smoke Alarm Installer: Installs smoke alarms in homes during the canvassing event. This volunteer should be comfortable using a ladder and a power drill.

Volunteer Documenter: Records information about each home and the number of alarms installed. This person should be comfortable completing basic paperwork.

Volunteers 16+ and older are welcome to participate.

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We'll work with your schedule.


3131 N. Vancouver AvePortland, OR 97227



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Safety & Disaster Education


  • Teens
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Events are generally between 4-6 hours
  • Close toed shoes required

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