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2018-03-07 / Editorials

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Clarence Editor

SMOKE ALARMS — The days are getting longer and the temperature is warming. This means that daylight saving time will soon begin, and New Yorkers will set their clocks forward one hour on March 11.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York urges all New Yorkers to take this opportunity to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure that their homes are properly protected. If the alarms have removable batteries, those batteries should be replaced. Alarms equipped with sealed-in batteries should be tested to ensure they are in proper working condition. Alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.

According to research from the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, and the vast majority of smoke alarm failures are due to dead or missing batteries. Ten-year smoke alarms require little maintenance, and unlike alarms with removable batteries, they are nearly impossible to deactivate. Regardless of the type of alarm, FASNY urges everyone to take some time and ensure their alarms are in working order.

CREATIVE CONTEST — If you have artistic talent and love animals, you might want to enter the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ 126th Poster and Creative Writing Contest.

The Humane Education Department recently announced its theme: Emergency-prepared Pets, which stresses the importance of ensuring that pets are part of a family’s preparedness plan. The contest is open to students in grades one through eight.

School, home school and faith-based school students in Erie County are encouraged to participate. For the second year, the SPCA is offering a category for special education students, and along with the student categories is a Humane Educator of the Year distinction.

Students can win cash prizes and awards at a special ceremony in May at the SPCA’s new West Seneca shelter. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 20.

Contest brochures are available for download at www.YourSPCA.org. For more information, contact Danielle at 875-7360, ext. 245, or daniellet@yourspca.org.

The SPCA’s Humane Education Department will also be offering a summer camp for children ages 6 through 16 in grades one through 10. Sessions begin June 25, with various camp themes, such as Animal Ambassadors, Nature Unleashed, Veterinarians in Training and Junior Agents, among others.

The camps will be offered as either two-day mini-camps or full-week camps. Costs range from $100 to $280. Before- and/or after-camp care will be available for an additional fee. Camps will be held at the SPCA’s new location at 300 Harlem Road.

Registration is taking place only online at www.YourSPCA.org, where brochures are available for download. For more information, contact Christine at 875-7360, ext. 262, or HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.

NEWS TIPS — If you have information about future events, new businesses in Clarence or an individual we should profile, contact me at 204-4921 or epowers@beenews.com or mail to 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410.

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