Ready U focuses on fire safety and preventionWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Incidents involving fire are the most common disasters.
Since October 2009 more than 1,890 calls, approximately five calls a day — for services related to fires have been made in Lucas County, according to the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).
“I would say, at least with the Red Cross, fires are the No. 1 disasters that we respond to,” said Sheri Meeker, community disaster education specialist for the Red Cross of Greater Toledo. “Whether it’s a single home fire, an apartment fire or business, you just never know when there could be a fire.”
To better prepare the public for fire emergencies, the Red Cross and Lucas County EMA will address fire safety at its next Ready U session, “Fire Safety and Prevention.”
The hour-long presentation fits in with October’s fire safety month, said Matt Heyrman, director of the Lucas County EMA.
“It’s a great subject to start with. One, it’s not the pie in a sky, like a tornado. For some people, even after Lake, that’s something that’s never going to happen,” he said. “Fire is one thing most people can relate to.”
The program will kick off with an introduction by Mayor Mike Bell, former Toledo fire chief, followed by presentations and videos from Brandon Loboschefski, Maumee fire prevention chief.
Discussions will cover the leading causes of fire, fire injuries and what to do to prevent those things, as well as developing and practicing escape plans and maintaining smoke detectors, Loboschefski said.
“[Participants will] get a lot of great information, but it’s practical information. Stuff you can use every day in their house and their lives,” Loboschefski said. “It will wake them up to a lot of things they don’t think about, things they take for granted every day … That smoke detector that sits on your ceiling 24/7, when was the last time anyone changed it?”
“Hopefully, they will think twice about some stuff. It’s just like, you never know what’s going to happen. You never know when you’re going to get into a car accident; you never know when a disaster is going to strike.”
In addition, the audience will participate in a pre- and post-test covering fire safety knowledge.
Ready U, a 10-session yearlong series, is designed to educate the public and prepare individuals and families for potential emergencies in Northwest Ohio.
“Fire Safety and Prevention” is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and will last an hour. It will take place at Maumee Fire Station No.1, 220 Illinois Ave.
The program is free and the audience has a chance to win raffle prizes, including The Anderson’s gift certificates, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.
For more about Ready U programs and information on how to prepare for an emergency, visit ready-u.com.
Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor for the Ready U program.