Halloween mischief-makers don’t give their volunteer firefighters the respect they deserve.
Intent on causing destruction, they set fires knowing very well their community-minded firefighters will respond.
And they did. They doused a fire in Milo around midnight, another one in St. Edward around 2:30 a.m. and another one near Tignish around 5 a.m.
Most firefighters would have gone through the night with little or no sleep and then they would have to respond to their day jobs.
Then tragedy struck at noontime Friday when a dairy barn near Alberton went up in flames.
The only thing this fire had to do with Halloween is it occurred the day after and it drew weary firefighters from all over West Prince to fight it. This is what they’re there to do, to respond when fires and other mishaps occur.
Setting fires on Halloween, or at any other time of the year, causes worry in communities and threatens residents’ safety. Mischief-makers put emergency equipment and personnel to the test, and could delay response time in a real emergency.
Firefighters responded quickly to the dairy farm fire. Had it happened on Halloween night while firefighters were tied up on nuisance calls, though, the response might very well have been delayed.
Halloween gives no one a licence to cause mischief or to disrupt public peace. What’s a crime on any other day is still a crime on Halloween.
To our firefighters, thanks for all you do to protect our communities. Your services are vital and worthy of praise.
Don’t forget the batteries
Time change happens this weekend. Sunday, Nov. 3, is Daylight Savings Time when clocks fall back one hour. Make sure to reset your clocks before going to bed Saturday night.
This is also the customary time for property owners to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms. This is a good habit to get into, because smoke alarms won’t do the job they are meant to do if they have missing or dead batteries.