Santa will visit the fire station starting at 6 p.m.
Free detectors to Economy residents and those from surrounding communities will be available for pick-up at the Economy Volunteer Fire Department and distributed during the department’s annual community Santa greetings.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, non-corrosive gas that can become very poisonous if it is not vented properly and if allowed to accumulate without sufficient oxygen. The combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors will also alarm to warn of the presence of smoke in the home.
"Throughout the year we respond to multiple emergency, carbon monoxide calls," Economy Fire Chief John Thomas said in a news release. "Because you cannot see, taste, or smell carbon monoxide it is extremely important for resident’s to have a carbon monoxide detector. Through the donation we are confident many families who could not afford a carbon monoxide detector, now have access to one."
Columbia Gas will present the fire department with a $40,000 check awarded from the utility's NiSource Charitable Foundation.
"The holiday season reminds us all of family and staying warm during the colder weather months," said Columbia Gas General Manager Mike Davidson. "As we turn on those natural gas appliances to cook holiday food or to stay warm, it's important that they vent properly."
WHO: Santa Claus, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. and Economy Volunteer Fire Department
WHAT: Columbia Gas in partnership with Economy VFD will be distributing complimentary combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. Santa visits at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Economy Volunteer Fire Department, Station 3 at 1215 Conway Wallrose Road, Baden, PA 15005.