Sanatoga Fire Company Offers Free Smoke Detectors

SANATOGA PA – Help save your life in a fire emergency, as well as the lives of your family members or loved ones, at no cost. That’s the offer now being made by the volunteers of the Sanatoga Fire Company, with the help of the 30th annual Operation 6ABC Save-A-Life fire safety campaign and its sponsors with locally familiar names: Kidde, The Home Depot, and Toyota.

Fire company members led by Assistant Chief Keith Winnemore were on hand Saturday (Sept. 10, 2022) at the Lower Pottsgrove Community Day. They promoted its new relationship with the Philadelphia-based WPVI-TV campaign, and also displayed its potentially most valuable assets: free smoke detectors for qualified township residents whose living spaces have none.

Yes, free. In fact, the detectors themselves will be installed by fire company members quickly and easily, Winnemore said, and placed properly for maximum effectiveness.

“Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms,” the television station’s campaign consistently reminds the public. “When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out,” it said. “I can’t tell you how many fires we’ve gone to where there were no smoke detectors in the house or the building,” Winnemore said. “It’s something we’d like to change.”

The agent for that change is 6ABC, with which the fire company joined forces earlier this year, and its program’s underwriters. Kidde is a major manufacturer of home fire and other protective devices. The Home Depot operates a store on Armand Hammer Boulevard in the township. A Toyota dealership, TriCounty, is in nearby Limerick. Winnemore said campaign representatives were happy to have the Sanatoga company join their effort.

The result is the availability of cartons filled with new Kidde “Code One”-model battery operated smoke detectors (at top). Several were available for public inspection at Sanatoga Fire’s community day table, accompanied by trucks and other apparatus that attracted kids of all ages. More are in storage at the company’s 2222 E. High St. station, just waiting to be installed.

Sign up online for your smoke detector

How do you get one? The fire company has made the process simple. Just complete the brief contact information required at an online form on its webpage, here; click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page, and expect a follow-up contact. While you’re on the page, take a moment to read through Sanatoga’s smoke alarm safety tips. They can keep you safe, too, Winnemore said.

Sanatoga Fire Company Offering Free Smoke Detectors
Future firefighters had the chance, provided Saturday by the Sanatoga Fire Company, to aim a hose and extinguish a mock fire in a window

Photos by The Post