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2018-10-11 / Editorials

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Cheektowaga Editor

HALLOWEEN HOURS — The Village of Sloan and Town of Cheektowaga have announced Halloween activities for this year.

Sloan will host a Halloween parade and candy giveaway at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The parade will depart from St. Andrew Church and will be followed by a candy giveaway at the Piekarski Community Center, 140 Halstead Ave.

Additionally, trick-or-treating in Cheektowaga will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night.

Sometimes it’s hard to spot skeletons and monsters, so remember to be aware of trick-or-treaters if you’re out and about on Halloween.

FIRE PREVENTION — Fire Prevention Month is underway and Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13) is taking place this week.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is urging New Yorkers to take note of basic fire safety tips and advice that can help save lives.

In particular, FASNY asks that all New Yorkers ensure their smoke alarms are in proper working order so that they, and their families, are protected against fires. FASNY specifically encourages New Yorkers to install smoke alarms equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for 10 years. These alarms do not require any battery changes during their lifespan and are nearly impossible to disable.

Most fatal fires happen between midnight and 8 a.m., and it takes only a few moments for fire to spread through a house.

Occupants of a burning home may only have minutes to escape before being overcome by the smoke and flames. Working smoke alarms help ensure that people are awakened and able to take advantage of those precious minutes.

Locally, thanks to state financial resources secured by Assemblywoman Monica Wallace, the Bellevue Fire Company will be hosting its Fire Safety and Recruitment Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the fire hall located at 511 Como Park Blvd.

Participants will experience several demonstrations, including a grease fire, car fire, and how firefighters use Jaws of Life in serious car crashes.

Free carbon monoxide detectors will be distributed while supplies last, and local vendors will be on hand, including Rusiniak Towing, National

Fuel and the Red Cross.

Cleveland Hill Fire Department will host its annual open house Saturday as well. From noon to 4 p.m., members of the community are invited to 440 Cleveland Drive to participate in fire safety educational events, including an auto extraction demonstration, a burn demonstration, a walk-through smoke trailer for kids, blood pressure checks, a coloring contest, children’s bike raffles, and fire truck and ambulance tours.

Finally, U-Crest Fire Department is also hosting an open house and fire prevention event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Raymour and Flanigan at the corner of Union Road and Galleria Drive.

Firefighters will be holding Jaws of Life demonstrations, car fire demonstrations, and giving participants rides on the department’s ATV.

American Medical Response and National Fuel will be in attendance, and hot dogs, chips, and pop will be available for purchase.

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