Local Firefighters Continue Smoke Detector Offer

SANATOGA PA – The 2022 edition of National Fire Prevention Week ended earlier this month, but the Sanatoga Fire Company is continuing its offer to provide smoke detector protection for local homeowners at no cost. It’s part of the firefighters’ efforts, they said, to help save your life in a fire emergency … as well as the lives of your family members or loved ones.

The fire company this year joined the 30th annual Operation 6ABC Save-A-Life fire safety campaign, sponsored by locally familiar names: Kidde, The Home Depot, and Toyota. Its members, led by Assistant Chief Keith Winnemore, have been regularly promoting their new relationship with the Philadelphia-based WPVI-TV campaign, and touting their potentially most valuable assets: free smoke detectors for qualified Lower Pottsgrove Township residents whose living spaces have none.

The detectors also 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 in a September (2022) interview. “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). They’re at the East High Street fire 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. 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.

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