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April 11, 2019
Sound the Alarm Campaign 2019
Join the Charlottesville Fire Department and the American Red Cross to  Sound the Alarm , a home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Charlottesville Fire Department and the American Red Cross are pleased to announce that on Saturday May11 th, 2019 we will Sound the Alarm and conduct a mass canvas of targeted areas in our community to install free smoke alarms.

The American Red Cross needs your help to install 100,000 free smoke alarms and raise funds for lifesaving services during the Sound the Alarm  home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.

Every day, seven people die in home fires and the Red Cross and Charlottesville Fire Department want to do everything we can to prevent these needless tragedies. Volunteers will work alongside fire department members and other local groups, canvassing at-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, educate families about fire prevention and safety, and fund-raise for this lifesaving mission.

One day of your life can change someone else's forever. Join us to  Sound the Alarm . Save a Life.


A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths last year resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms according to the National Fire Protection Association. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. 

For any city resident who needs a working smoke alarm installed free of charge, please call our smoke alarm call line at (434) 970-3245.

The Charlottesville Fire Department would like to remind area residents of these tips:
  • Test your smoke alarm every month
  • Vacuum or dust your smoke alarm every month
  • Change the batteries twice a year - "Change your clock, change your battery" - use daylight savings as a reminder
  • Replace your smoke alarm if it is over 10 years old

For answers to more home safety questions, contact the Charlottesville Fire Department at 434-970-3328. You may also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.


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