Each year, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters, the majority of which are home fires. The organization now runs a Home Fire Campaign to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in the U.S. by 25% by 2020.

Recognizing that a working smoke alarm can double a person’s chances of surviving a home fire, the Red Cross is installing free smoke alarms in homes across the country in neighborhoods that are high-risk for fires. Since the initiative launched in 2014, the Red Cross and has installed more than 570,000 alarms, making hundreds of thousands of homes and families safer – and even saving 111 lives.

In December 2016, the BIC team spent the day with the American Red Cross and Stamford Fire Department installing smoke alarms in homes in Stamford, Conn. and educating families about home fire safety. The residents were guided through fire prevention and emergency procedures, which included creating a two-minute home fire escape plan and identifying fire hazards around their own home. The team also had the opportunity to tour a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle which is stocked with supplies and deployed during natural or man-made disaster.

“The Red Cross is helping families prepare for and prevent home fires and it was a privilege to participate first-hand in such a meaningful and life-saving event,” said Laura Bellows, Corporate Communications & Community Relations Coordinator at BIC.

Learn more about protecting your home and your family from fire here.