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North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry Receives Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

By Carol Layton

NC Baptist Aging Ministry


North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) has been awarded a $78,000 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant from the Department of Homeland Security / FEMA.

NCBAM will use grant funds to enhance its Priority #1: Prevention outreach to make aging adults safer in their homes. These grant-funded alarms come with a 10-year sealed-in lithium battery, a loud 85 decibel alarm, and an end-of-life chirp. Working smoke alarms save lives!

Trained volunteers will install long life, battery-powered smoke alarms, at no charge, in the homes of individuals 65+ who do not have working alarms and replace alarms that are more than 10 years old. In addition, the ministry will have carbon-monoxide alarms to provide in homes with appliances that burn fossil fuels as well as a limited number of Lifetone alarms for deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals.

Churches or other community groups wishing to participate may contact NCBAM at 877.506.2226. Training is provided.

NCBAM has been connecting volunteers with aging adults in need since 2009. Its mission is to help aging adults maintain their independence and quality of life. NCBAM is a ministry of Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina.



Carol Layton is the Director of Communications and Administration for NCbAM at Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina.

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