At the Arizona Burn Foundation, our mission to create safer communities extends far beyond just statistics and numbers. It’s about making a tangible difference in the lives of our neighbors, fostering a sense of security and peace of mind for all residents, regardless of their abilities.

Thanks to the incredible support of our community, volunteers, and donors, we’ve made significant strides in our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Smoke Alarm Initiative. Since the start of our 2024 Fiscal Year, we’ve installed over 70 specialized alarm systems designed to alert Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals visually or through vibration in the event of a fire emergency.


These installations represent far more than just numbers; they are households made safer, families given the invaluable gift of protection, and lives potentially saved. Each alarm system installed is a testament to the power of collective action and the impact we can have when we come together with a shared goal.

However, our work is far from over. As our CEO, Rex Albright, emphasizes, “We are excited to have been able to complete the first step on a long journey for improving the quality of life for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community with our installation of over Seventy alarm systems in March.”

The Arizona Burn Foundation has set an ambitious goal: to install 1,000 of these life-saving alarm systems over the next 24 months. This initiative is not just about providing specialized equipment; it’s about ensuring that every member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community has the sense of safety and security they deserve.

Rex Albright goes on to say, “These alarms will provide the sense of safety needed by community members and their families in case of a fire occurring while they are asleep. We all have heard that working smoke alarms save lives, along with the fact that a resident has two minutes to vacate a house fire before the chances of survival start to be jeopardized. With our specialty alarm system that includes the standard alarm, Bluetooth connected to a strobe light, and then that is also connected to a bed shaker will give a hard of hearing resident that warning they need to be able to make it out in the two-minutes.”

To achieve this ambitious goal, we need your continued support. If you or someone you know would like to see if you are eligible for an alarm system, standard or DHH System, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the Red Cross or directly. Additionally, these alarms are provided free of charge to residents, so your donations are crucial in helping us make this initiative a reality.

Together, we can build a safer Arizona for all. Join us in this vital mission, whether through volunteering, donating, or simply spreading awareness. Every contribution, no matter how small, brings us one step closer to a future where every resident can feel secure in their home, confident that they are protected in the event of an emergency.

For more information on how you can get involved, please visit our DHH Smoke Alarm Program page by clicking here.