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Commission joins campaign to provide free smoke alarms

NASHVILLE, Tenn.––The Commission on UM Men agreed to partner with the Red Cross in a national effort to provide free smoke alarms in high-risk areas.

Noting that seven people die every day from home fires, the 20-member board of directors, agreed to ask units of UM Men across the nation to join the “Home Fire Campaign” to provide 100,000 free smoke alarms this fall.

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So the agency set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25 percent by 2020.

Units of UM Men will help make that goal a reality.

The Red Cross will train volunteers about where and how to install the smoke detectors, and local UM churches may be asked to provide space for that training.

Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the commission said the nation-wide effort will provide opportunities for UM Men to become better acquainted with their neighbors. He suggested men could return the same time next year to offer to install new batteries.

          

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