Fire Company Joins with Red Cross to Distribute Smoke Detectors

We simply cannot say it often enough: Working smoke detectors save lives. If a fire breaks out in your home or business, a working smoke detector will alert you to the danger within seconds. This early warning will allow you to exit the dangerous area before fire conditions worsen and prevent your escape.

Each year our fire prevention programs carry this message to hundreds of children and families through school curriculum, fire station visits, and community outreach events. The fire department makes smoke detectors available at no charge to any household that is not equipped. We have even gone door-to-door offering to test smoke detectors and replace batteries. Despite these efforts, there still homes and businesses in our township that are not equipped with working smoke detectors.

This year, we have partnered with the American Red Cross on an aggressive smoke detector distribution campaign in Neshannock Township. Literature has been distributed to targeted neighborhoods offering free smoke detectors that will be installed by volunteers from the American Red Cross and the Neshannock Township Fire Company. Teams of volunteers then canvass these neighborhoods on foot installing detectors, checking batteries, and sharing fire safety information with residents.

As of this writing, our combined efforts have resulted in the installation of over 120 smoke detectors in more than 30 homes that were previously unprotected by working smoke detectors.

On behalf of the entire fire company, I extend gratitude to the current president of the Neshannock Volunteer Fire Company, Dan Lowe for organizing this tremendous effort. On behalf of all the citizens of Neshannock Township, I would like the thank the American Red Cross for providing materials, literature, administrative effort, and manpower to this project and we look forward to continuing our working relationship. If you, or someone you know, is in need of a working smoke detector, please contact the fire department office at 724-654-4800.