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

Q1250
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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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1251
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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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1252
Can women be firefighters?

Anyone 18 years or older may apply to take the entrance exam.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1253
I think my neighbor is burning trash behind his garage- who can I call to report him?

Call 911 and report the address.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1254
What is CO2?

CO2 is a chemical compound commonly known as carbon dioxide, which extinguishes flames. CO is the compound called carbon monoxide. High levels of CO in the home can be life-threatening and can be prevented by the use of carbon monoxide detectors.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1255
Where can I purchase carbon monoxide and/or smoke detectors?

They can be bought at any drug store, hardware store or any of the larger home improvement stores. The fire department doesn't reccomend any particular store over any others.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1256
Will the Fire Department look at a building before I buy it to see what type of fire suppressant system is needed?

No, but a private consultant can do that for you.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1257
If a business is cited with a violation of the fire code, how soon does it have to comply to avoid further penalties?

Within 30 days.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

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

Q1258
How can a business request a hearing on a municipal fire code citation if they feel it is not accurate?

They can file an appeal with the Board of Building Standards.

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Fire
Category:
Safety

Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 7:26pm

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