This summer, the American Red Cross and the Iowa City Fire Department (ICFD) have teamed up for a one-day event that will provide free smoke alarms to residents of the South District Neighborhood.

Volunteers will gather on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at Dream City/Kingdom Center Church, 611 Southgate Ave., to canvas the neighborhood, meet residents, and offer to test, replace, and install new smoke alarms at no charge.

If you are a South District Neighborhood resident and would like to pre-register for an installation, please contact Deputy Fire Chief Eric Nurnberg at

Volunteers needed for installations

Each smoke detector will be installed under the supervision of the Iowa City Fire Department with help from community partners like Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity and the South District Neighborhood Association. We also need your help in order to provide as many free installations as possible that day. If you would like to assist with this project, please sign up to volunteer here.

Working smoke alarms save lives! The majority of fatalities and injuries in home fires occur where there is no smoke alarm, or where the smoke alarm is not operational. Each smoke alarm installed as part of this program will help give Iowa City families peace of mind that their homes and loved ones are protected for years to come.

This project is part of the Annual National Home Fire Safety Campaign of the American Red Cross. Please contact Deputy Fire Chief Eric Nurnberg at 319-356-5259, or or more information. 

Date of publication

Thursday, July 22, 2021