Residents in Racine can now make appointments for a home fire safety visit – including installation and replacement of free smoke alarms – in August during an event held by the American Red Cross and the Racine Fire Department.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, trained home fire safety leaders will fan out across Racine to install free smoke alarms and work with families on their home fire escape plans. People living in Racine who want to take advantage of this home fire safety event are encouraged to enter their info at or by calling 800-RED CROSS.

“This event is a fantastic opportunity to make sure your family is prepared in the event of a home fire,” said Mark Thomas, Southeast Wisconsin Chapter Executive and Regional CEO, American Red Cross. “I’m excited that we’re able to join caring partners like the Racine Fire Department to bring this program to families in Racine, the city where I grew up. Make sure you take a few minutes and sign up for an appointment today.”

During the August installation day, home fire safety leaders plan to make installations and work with families in dozens of homes in Racine. In addition, they will leave behind information on appointments for in-home installations across the city.

The event is part of the national Home Fire Safety Campaign at the Red Cross. Since 2014, the Home Fire Safety Campaign and its “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life” events have brought alarms and preparedness to more than 1.8 million U.S. homes, which have helped to save the lives of more than 610 people, including a family in Janesville.