Public Safety FAQ's

What is a Fire Watch?

Fire watches are temporary safety patrols for special circumstances. For example, if a hotel's fire alarm wasn't working, the Fire Prevention Bureau would approve a safety watch. Depending on conditions/occupancy, these are performed by firefighters or civilians.

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How many firefighters work for the city of Cleveland?

Numbers vary throughout the year, averaging around 900.

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I just purchased a new home and need help making sure that my smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are set up properly and in good locations. Who can help me?

You may call the Fire Department's Public Education office at 216.664.6386.

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A large can of gasoline spilled in my garage. How can I clean it up and be sure I'm not at risk for setting it on fire?

Anytime gasoline spills you should call the Fire Department because it is very dangerous and flammable. If firefighters arrive and determine that the spill is not a hazard, we will instruct you in cleaning procedures.

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Can someone come to my daycare or school to teach the kids about fire safety?

Yes. You may request a firefighter to come out and speak by calling 216.664.6386.

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I'd like to learn some general fire safety tips. Where can I go for a quick class?

You can call the Fire Department's Public Education office at 216.664.6386

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How many arsons happened in my neighborhood last year?

Arson statistics can be obtained for neighborhoods by written request to the Fire Chief. Requests for information should be addressed to:

Cleveland Fire Chief
1645 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114

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There was a fire at my house. I'm allowed back in but how do I even begin trying to clean up?

You may need a fire restoration company, which you can find online or in the phone book. Here are some safety precautions:

  • Do NOT turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet
  • Change the heater filter
  • If it is winter and the heat is off, pour antifreeze in toilets and drains to prevent freezing
  • If your power is off, empty fridge/freezer and keep doors open
  • Throw away canned or packaged food and beverages that were close to the fire, they may be contaminated
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What are common fire hazards I should now about at my home and my place of work?

Here are some things to watch out for:

  • Too many extension cords
  • Loose or open wire connections, especially at the fuse box
  • Fireplaces or makeshift heating units
  • Although not a fire hazard in itself, a locked exit door could be dangerous in the event of a fire
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Will the Fire Memorial Pipes and Drums play at my event?

The band is a private, with no official connection to the Fire Department. You may call Fire Headquarters at 216.664.6800 to have someone from the band call you, or contact them through their website here.

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