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PECO Donates Natural Gas Detector

SANATOGA PA – The donation of a new natural gas detector by Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) to Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township will jointly benefit the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies and help keep residents safer, township Fire Marshal Lew Babel says.

Flame on a stove that uses natural gas.

Flame on a stove that uses natural gas.

An in-house session to introduce and offer training to both companies on using the detection equipment was scheduled for this week, Babel told the township Board of Commissioners recently. More in-depth training will be given to members of both companies who attend programs scheduled later this year at PECO’s Fire Academy.

Natural gas is a naturally-occurring, odorless and colorless combustible gas used for industrial and domestic heating and power. Its uncontrolled or free-flowing presence in a building can present health and safety hazards, and can cause explosions. Knowing that gas is present in an area can help firefighters save lives, Babel said, and added he considers the equipment “very valuable.”

The detector will be housed at the Sanatoga Fire Company, 2222 E. High St., Babel said.

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