Pro­gram to in­clude free fire alarm in­stal­la­tion

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL FOCUS - STAFF RE­PORT

Seven times a day, some­one dies in a home fire in the United States. At 9 a.m. and noon Satur­day, the Med­i­cal Re­serve Corps (MRC) and Amer­i­can Red Cross will part­ner in an ef­fort to change this statis­tic at the V.A. Med­i­cal Cen­ter, 4100 W. Third St.

MRC vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity mem­bers will gather to learn how to in­stall a smoke alarm and ed­u­cate fam­i­lies about fire safety. Af­ter­ward, they will in­stall free smoke alarms in area homes.

The first round of in­stal­la­tions will be 9 a.m. to noon, with another shift can­vass­ing the neigh­bor­hood from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Com­mu­nity vol­un­teers are still needed and en­cour­aged to ar­rive 20 to 30 min­utes be­fore each shift.

To vol­un­teer, visit www. soundthealarm.org/day­ton. To make an ap­point­ment to have a fire alarm in­stalled, call 937221-7540.

The MRC is a com­mu­nity-based, civil­ian, vol­un­teer pro­gram that en­gages vol­un­teers to help strengthen lo­cal pub­lic health in­fra­struc­ture, as well as re­spond to disas­ters across the state or na­tion. Any health­care pro­fes­sion­als or non-med­i­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers 18 years or older can reg­is­ter for MRC.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Med­i­cal Re­serve Corps, go to www.OhioRe­sponds.gov.

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