Sound the Alarm - Fire's Can Be Prevented

Fire Prevention was the topic for the September 13 meeting of the Orrville Area Safety Council. 

An update on the local response to Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma was presented by Lara Kiefer, Executive Director, American Red Cross Lake Erie Heartland Chapter.  Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters.  Hurricane relief is at the forefront today in light of the recent events, however, the vast majority of disasters that Red Cross responds to are home fires.

Kiefer shared information about the American Red Cross goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020 through the Sound the Alarm Campaign.  A critical part of the campaign is a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Red Cross volunteers, along with fire departments and other partners canvass at-risk neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms, and providing fire prevention and safety education.

James Keplar, chair of the Safety Council, introduced the new Orrville Fire Chief, Chris Bishop, Assistant Chief Ron Ballentine and Fire Inspector, John Bischoff.

Bischoff presented a comprehensive overview of fire prevention measures for both home and workplace.  Common sense reminders like changing batteries in smoke and CO2 detectors and unplugging small appliances, like coffee makers, were shared along with suggestions for equipping home and workplace with reliable fire extinguishers.

An archive of Bischoff’s presentation will be available soon for reference at

The Orrville Area Safety Council welcomes any business or organization located in eastern Wayne County to attend their lunch meetings on the second Wednesday of each month.  Meetings are held in the community room at White’s Ford on State Route 57. 

The topic for October 11 will be OSHA Compliance, A Review of New Fall Protection Standards presented by Guardian Fall Protection    Cost to attend is just $5.  Reservations are required.  Contact Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, 330-682-8881.