That's Life October 6, 2010

This week's issue of The Capital contains candidate profiles for Election 2010 in the Towns of Three Hills and Trochu as well as the Villages of Acme and Linden. Kneehill County and the Village of Carbon have been acclaimed. Profiles for Golden Hills School Division, applying to the Capital's readership area, will be published in next week's issue.
Inserted in this week's Capital is our 2010 Fire Prevention Special Issue.
We owe a great deal of thanks to each and every Volunteer Firefighter throughout our region. They are professionally trained in every aspect of the job, a job that can call them away from their homes and workplace any time of the day or night.
We are all proud and more than appreciative of each and every one of them for the invaluable service that they provide.
In order to help our firefighters do their job, please respect them by pulling over when emergency vehicles approach your vehicle. Stay a safe, clear distance from fire and crash scenes. Obey those involved in traffic control at the scene of an emergency and do not hinder firefighters with questions while they are involved at the scene.
If you haven't done it, have smoke alarms installed in your home, on every level. Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area of the bedrooms. Never leave cooking unattended. Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames. Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut. Have an escape plan. Review escape routes with your family. If you must smoke, do it responsibly. With the Christmas season approaching, inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs.  Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.  Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas. Do not overload extension cords or outlets. These are common mistakes many of us make during the Christmas season. Mistakes like these could result in more coloured, flashing lights in your front yard than you had planned on.
Thanksgiving is upon us and many of us will be on the road in order to enjoy time with family and friends. Keep a sharp eye open for farm equipment on our highways as crews move from field to field. Hopefully, the rain showers will end and harvest can be completed or get underway, in some cases.
Next week's Capital will be mailed on Thursday, due to the long weekend.
That's Life.