Public Safety FAQ's

I have an expired home fire extinguisher. How do I dispose of it properly?

Take it to a fire extinguisher service company. You can find them online or in the yellow pages.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1205
Who do I contact regarding a broken / damaged fire hydrant?

You may report that directly to the Fire Department Water Supply Office at 216.664.6377.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1206
Does the Fire department install or inspect child car seats?

No, but for a list of certified car seat inspection and installation locations, click here or call 1.866.SEAT-CHECK.

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Fire
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1208
When it snows, who digs out the fire hydrants?

Residents who have hydrants on their tree lawns are asked to make sure they are clear and visible during the winter season.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1209
Where should I install my smoke detector?

There should be one on each level of your house. But if you only have one, put it outside of the sleeping area.

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Fire
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1210
Why do fire engines respond to car accidents, even when they didn't look serious?

An accident does not have to look bad to cause injuries needing an emergency response. Firefighters check for fire and environmental hazards- like gas, motor oil, or transmission fluid leaks- and block the scene to protect emergency responders from being hit by cars while they work.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1211
Can my teenager complete a few community service hours at the Fire Department?

No. Because of the high-paced action at fire stations and since fire fighters have to handle emergencies, we don't allow people to remain in stations for safety reasons.

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Fire
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1212
How do I become a firefighter?

About every two years the city has a firefighter's exam, which includes a written test and a physical agility test. Candidates are then put on a list ranked by their scores, and hired as openings become available in groups of approximately 50. Academy classes are 4 months long which includes a 4 week class to become EMT basic certified. For more information, see the Fire tab on the City's Safety Careers page.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

Last updated: 04/16/2015 - 3:35pm

Q1214
What can I do to prevent fire in my home?

Here are some good tips:

  • Limit the use of extensions cords
  • Keep cloths and rags away from lamps, heaters and stoves
  • Never leave your stove unattended.
  • Never leave young children alone especially with open flames or matches in the house- children are mesmorized by fire
  • Never throw cigarettes in the garbage, even if you think they are out
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Fire
Category:
Safety

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1215
How can I get a representative from the fire department to speak at my child's school?

Call our Public Education office at 216.664.6386 or 216.664.6387.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

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