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What is an install team? An install team is consists of three to four people. One person installs the alarms, while a second person speaks with the resident about disaster awareness and making an escape plan. The third person records the address and how many alarms were installed. If a team has a fourth member, he or she assists the installer, making the process go much faster.

How do I register myself and my friends as a team? Register as a group.

What if I'm not part of a team? We get lots of individuals at these rallies. Just register on your own. We'll team you up with other individuals and you'll be all set.

How do we actually install alarms? Volunteers install alarms using a cordless drill and are taught how to install the alarms in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

What if I don't know how to install a smoke alarm? No problem. Training is offered online ahead of time as well as the day of the event. Plus, each team has three or four people, but only one person on each team needs to know how to use a cordless drill. The other two offer evacuation education and create a record of the visit. Find a job that best suits your skills.

Will there be training? Yes. Online training videos are available before the event, and on-site training is held the day of the event.

What do I wear? Watch the weather. Springtime in Cincinnati is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you're going to get. Otherwise, long pants and sturdy (but comfortable) shoes are your best bets.

How do I support the effort even though I can't be there? Click here.

What if I am under the age of 18? Those younger than 18 years old can participate in the event with the following restrictions: Those between the age of 15-17 are allowed to participate in all aspects of the event as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those under the age of 15 may not participate in installation events that require you to go into homes, but can participate in other activities such as handing out tools, preparing for the event or taking stock and organizing after the event. ALL volunteers under the age of 18 must have a signed parent/guardian form.


Here's what you need to know to inform the people you visit and impress your friends:

  • You only have on average two minutes to escape from a burning home. That sounds like a lot of time, but it isn't when you're surrounded by smoke and flames.
  • An average of seven people die each day during a home fire.
  • An average of 36 people are injured each day during a home fire.
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
  • An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.
  • Sixty-five percent of reported home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Smoke alarm should be placed on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. If you keep bedroom doors shut, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
  • Children need to be taught what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it.
  • Fire drills should be practiced twice a year, ensuring everyone in your home knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.


Cincinnati Red Cross
Phone: 513-579-3008
Mail: 2111 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45207