Frequently Asked Questions

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If my attic gets too hot in the summer, can the contents catch on fire?

No

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

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Does the Fire Department always respond to EMS calls and vice versa?

Fire only responds with EMS when it is a serious call or when EMS response time may be delayed. EMS is dispatched to all fires.

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

Q1271
What items does the Fire Department review with respect to obtaining a Building or Occupancy Permit?

The bureau has a fire prevention bureau officer who works directly with the Department of Building and Housing to review building construction/alteration plans. The officer reviews the certificate of occupancy application, areas of fire protection, means of egress and other items under the fire code.

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

Q1272
On what roads do I not have to pull over to the curb and stop when a fire truck passes with sirens on?

You should always slow down and pull over to the right when you hear a siren.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1273
How close can I park near a fire hydrant or a fire station?

According to City Ordinance 451.03 Statutory Prohibited Standing or Parking Places:

"No person shall stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the provisions of this Traffic Code, or while obeying the directions of a police officer or a traffic control device, in any of the following places:
(d) Within ten feet of a fire hydrant;
(j) Within twenty feet of a driveway entrance to any fire station and, on the side of the street opposite the entrance to any fire station, within seventy-five feet of the entrance when it is properly posted with signs"

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1274
How often are fire hydrants flushed and checked to see that they work properly?

Twice a year, in May and October

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Fire
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Safety

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

Q1275
What type of shifts do Cleveland firefighters generally work?

Firefighters who work on the trucks work one 24-hour shift on, followed by two 24-hour shifts off. Firefighters and officers who work in the office work a regular 40 hour week.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1276
Are there stickers available for windows to identify rooms where occupants (or children) sleep?

Stickers may not be safe because they give information to intruders, might not be removed when a new tenant moves in, it won't guarantee where residents may actually be when a fire starts, and can give a false sense of security. The best means of protection are a smoke detector and an escape plan.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1277
What buildings are required to have fire evacuation plans?

All homes should have fire evacuation plans which should be practiced annually.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1278
How can I obtain a Fire Inspection of a Commercial building or a private home?

Call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 216.664.6664 to set up an inspection for a commercial or business property.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

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