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Town of Cheektowaga kicks off fire prevention week

The Town of Cheektowaga urged the community to step forward and become a volunteer firefighter Monday night, as a fire prevention flag was presented to twelve local fire departments.

“Today and everyday these men and women report to their jobs, working day shifts and night shifts. They come home and play with their children and grandchildren. Though in a split second they may be called to assist a home in our community,” said Town of Cheektowaga Councilmember James Rogowski.

Fire prevention week begins Oct. 7 and to start the awareness, the town held a press conference that acknowledged all of the hard work volunteer firefighters put in to make sure residents are safe. Members of the town stressed that without volunteer firefighters; we wouldn’t have enough resources available to get the job done.

“Imagine if we didn’t have volunteer firefighters. I ask why not join your volunteer fire company, why not make a difference in your community and why not help your neighbor when they need you the most,” said Rogowski.

The fire prevention flag was made in Cheektowaga in 1982 and in 1984 it was adopted as the state fire safety flag. Rogowski and Councilmember Stanley Kaznowski presented the flag to fire departments from Cheektowaga, Village of Sloan and Depew as a symbol of unity among the communities. Councilmembers stated that knowledge of fire prevention is of utmost importance; especially in the coming months when residents will use their heaters.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 49 percent of home heating fires occur in December, January and February. Make sure not to put heating equipment too close to things that can burn like clothing, furniture or bedding. Residents should set their thermostats to 68 degrees when home and turn down their thermostats when they’re not home. Also make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen so that sparks don’t fly into the room, do not use your oven to heat your home and test smoke alarms monthly.

U-Crest Fire District will be holding an open house noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7. For more information on fire prevention week visit


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