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Campfire Safety Tips

Campfire Safety Tips

Nothing says “summer” like a campfire or bonfire, but these fun activities also present a number of safety hazards.  According to a report from the United States Fire Administration, summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for fire-related injuries and deaths.  Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself and your loved ones while still having a great time.

If you’ll be spending the summer camping or just toasting marshmallows in the back yard, it’s a good idea to educate yourself about campfire safety.  Keep the following tips in mind:

1. Follow Area Rules
Always follow the campfire rules for the area where you are camping or living. Some parks and towns prohibit fires, and these rules are there for a reason. Check the local regulations before you build your fire.

2. Know to Stop, Drop, and Roll
It is important to make sure that all members of your family know to “Stop, Drop, and Roll” if an article of clothing ever catches on fire.  Instead of just talking about it to young children, practice the steps together.

3. Check Your Surroundings
Choose a location for your campfire where it will not spread.  Never build a campfire near any dry leaves or grassy areas or under overhanging tree branches.  Before building a campfire, clear away all shrubbery and vegetation from the area, dig a pit for the fire, and surround it with rocks.

4. Be Smart About Lighter Fluid
Do not store gasoline, liquid fire starter, or any other type of flammable liquid near the campfire.  It’s too easy for stray flames to ignite these materials.

5. Keep Your Fire Away from the Tent
Do not place your campfire near the tent.  It should always be placed downwind from the tent.  Only use tents made from flame-retardant materials if you’ll be having a campfire.

6. Keep It Under Control
Do not build large campfires, even if they seem impressive.  It’s much safer to keep fires small so they are easier to control.

7. Stay Nearby
Never leave a campfire lit if there is no one to attend to it.  If you’re going to sleep for the night, always take the time to put the fire out.

8. Be Prepared
Never light a campfire if you do not have the means of extinguishing it. Always keep plenty of water and a shovel near the campfire to use in an emergency and to put the campfire out when you are finished using it.

9. Know How to Put It Out
To extinguish a campfire douse it with water, use the shovel to bury the fire with ash and dirt. Then douse the area with water.

Dedicated to Our Community,
Chief Dale S. Arkenburg

Ohio Local Governments Open Checkbooks to Citizens

Ohio’s Local Governments Open Checkbooks to Citizens

With a few clicks, users can answer questions such asnhow much money has the government spent in total on street lights? or which departments spent the most money last month? With this initiative, Ohio is truly setting the gold standard for transparency in government spending, making millions of local government checkbook entries available to citizens in an easy-to-use digital format.

With OpenGov Checkbook technology, citizens and administrators alike can search millions of individual checkbook entries in a fast, digital format.

Geneva is the first city level municipal government to sign on.

Geneva Fire Station

Emergency Phone Calls. Get It Right the First Time-A Message From The Geneva Fire Department

Emergency Phone Calls. Get It Right the First Time

When an emergency, such as a fire, occurs, people become panicky and confused.  As a result, many calls received by emergency dispatchers are not complete enough for help to arrive quickly.  Sometimes no calls are received because everyone thought someone else had already called the fire department.  The Geneva Fire Department offers the following suggestions:

1. Know that the emergency number for fire, police, and ambulance is 911.

2. In case of fire in your house, you will need to go to a neighbor’s to make the call.

3. Give the dispatcher the complete address of the fire (include names of subdivisions, apartment numbers, etc.) and give your name.  Give the phone number of the place
from where you are calling and describe the fire.  Wait to answer questions.  Do not
hang up.

Emergency calls made the right way help save lives.  False emergency calls made as a joke are crimes that cost lives.  False alarms tie up emergency telephone lines and endanger emergency personnel driving to the scene.  Dispatch Centers have recording and tracing technology that can help in tracing false calls.

Dedicated to Our Community,
Chief Dale S. Arkenburg

Fire Safety for the Disabled

Fire Safety for the Disabled

Everyone becomes momentarily disabled in a fire because of the blinding smoke and poisonous gases, but those with permanent disabilities face an even greater danger.  Fires call for quick actions and responses.  Since disabled persons have made progress in overcoming obstacles in other areas, the Geneva Fire Department suggests they can win against the threat of fire if they plan ahead and make necessary arrangements.

It is important for the disabled to discuss their emergency measures with their family, friends, a neighbor, and the fire department.  They need to plan and practice home fire escape plans including emergency escape routes.  They need to install and maintain smoke detectors (some come equipped for the hearing impaired with strobe lights or motorized bed-shakers to awaken sleepers.)  Some systems dial local emergency numbers and play a message giving the location of the fire.

If mobility is limited, a ground floor dwelling is needed with special exits and/or ramps for escape.  Make sure all doors open outward.

In homes and offices, make sure windows open easily and make a note of fire exits for the disabled.  Remember, don’t use the elevator in a fire.  It can trap you.  If you cannot escape, stay low to avoid poisonous smoke.  Get to a window and open it for fresh air.  Hang something out the window to be noticed.  Call 911 and tell them where you are trapped.  Stay calm, stay low.

Know where fire alarms are located in your office.  Get a copy of the fire escape plans and adapt them to your needs.  Have a designated co-worker assist you in emergencies.  Notify others of any special needs in an emergency.

Dedicated to Our Community,
Chief Dale S. Arkenburg

City Sign Message

Community Message Board Announcements

Community Improvement Corporation of Geneva
Community message sign

HAPPY BIRTHDAY-ANNIVERSARY-WEDDINGS-CONGRATULATIONS-SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS The Community Message board located at the corner of Rt. 84 & Rt. 534 is available for use.

Messages will be displayed throughout the day. Frequency will based upon the number o messages being displayed.

For More Information or to reserve your place on the sign, contact Tammy Shuttleworth at 440-466-4675.

Annual Rate $ 300.00 per year
Includes (4) different messages a month, total of (48) messages per year
Three Year Contract $ 250.00 per year (Paid Annually)
Includes (4) different messages a month, total of (48) messages per year
Monthly Rate $ 40.00 per month
Up to (4) different messages per month
Weekly Rate $ 20.00 per week
Up to (2) different messages per week
Daily Rate $ 10.00 per day
Personal Message 15.00 for three (3) days

Annual Rate $ 2,500.00 per year
Includes (4) different messages a month, total of (48) messages per year
Semi-Annual $ 1,500.00 per year
Includes (4) different messages a month, total of (24) messages per year
Monthly Rate $ 300.00 per month Up to (4) different messages per month
Weekly Rate $ 100.00 per week
Up to (2) different messages per week

Victim Notification Program

Victim Notification Program

  • ICE is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that victim rights are carefully observed.
  • ICE can initiate removal proceedings against criminal aliens who are convicted of certain crimes.
  • ICE takes custody of the inmate after the criminal alien has completed their federal or state criminal sentence.
  • The removal process can take from several days to several months. Generally, the criminal alien remains in custody until ICE can remove the criminal alien to their country.
  • On occasion, ICE may not be able remove a criminal alien. This can happen for several reasons – the most common being the inability of ICE to secure travel authorization documents for the alien. Depending on the situation, ICE may have to release the criminal alien under an order of supervision or on bond.

Although ICE makes every attempt to control illegal entry into the United States, ICE cannot ensure that the offender will not reenter the United States illegally.

  • Once the criminal alien is placed in ICE custody, the Victim Notification Program will provide information to eligible victims and witnesses who register to be notified of release related activities.
  • Victims and witnesses must submit the “Victim Request for Notification of Criminal Alien Status” form.
  • ICE will make every effort to keep victims and witnesses advised of the release status of the offender. Registered victims and witnesses will be advised when the criminal alien is released from custody or removed.
  • Occasionally, ICE transfers criminal aliens between custodial facilities. ICE will not routinely notify victims or witnesses of these internal transfers. However, any victim or witness may learn the location of an offender by calling the Victim Notification Program.
  • If you have previously submitted a victim impact statement to the court or parole board, you may forward that statement to the Victim Notification Program and request that it be presented to the government’s attorney for consideration by the immigration judge.

For additional information please contact:

Homeland Security Investigations
ICE Victim Notification Program
11320 Random Hills Road, MS 5122
Fairfax, VA 20598-5122

Phone (Toll free): 1-866-872-4973
Fax: 703-877-3205


Engraved Bricks for Sale

City of Geneva Engraved Bricks for Sale

Choose your location from: Soldiers & Sailors Monument-US Armed Service Veterans, Downtown Streetscape or Western County Court.

$30 per brick. Bricks are 4×8 in size. Download Order Form.

All proceeds will go into the City’s Community Development Fund for future projects.