Why does my smoke alarm chirp?
Smoke alarms commonly indicate a low battery status by emitting a short chirp. In order to assure your smoke alarms work, you should replace your batteries twice (2) a year.
What type of fire extinguisher should I buy for my home?
A class “ABC” fire extinguisher is a good choice to go with as it can be used for combustible liquids, combustible solids (i.e. wood, paper, clothing) and electrical fires.
Does the City of Edinburg allow open burning?
Open burning in the City of Edinburg requires a burn permit from the Fire Marshal's Office. Any open burning without a permit is prohibited and may result in a citation. This includes the burning of trash, rubbish, yard clippings, tree trimmings, etc.
How do I schedule a fire inspection?
Information concerning the scheduling of inspections can be found on our Inspection Requests page. We encourage you to visit this site and review the materials to ensure that you are ready for your inspection, prior to scheduling.
Does the fire department inspect a building on request?
Yes, the fire department responds to requests for “walk-through” at businesses and requests for home safety inspections. We also respond to complaints at locations with known or suspected fire hazards.
How do I report a fire hazard?
Please report all fire hazards and complaints through our online complaint form.
What version of the fire code is the City of Edinburg under right now?
Should I have a carbon monoxide detector?
If you have a fuel-burning appliance or a fireplace, you should consider purchasing at least one carbon monoxide (CO) detector. There are several units on the market. If your alarm goes off and you're experiencing any of the symptoms of carbon-monoxide poisoning (dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue), leave your house immediately and call 9-1-1. If the alarm goes off and you don't feel sick, shut off possible sources of CO, call 9-1-1.
Why can't I drive over fire hoses if I need to get somewhere?
Running over a fire hose can damage the hose, the fire truck, interrupt water supply or injure firefighters. The fire hose and the water it supplies are the lifeline for any firefighter on the other end of it. Losing water can cause serious injury or death.
What do the different color helmets firefighters wear mean?
Firefighters wear blue or orange helmets, Lieutenants wear yellow helmets, Captains wear red helmets and Chief Officers wear white helmets.
Why are fire hydrants different colors?
The tops and caps of fire hydrants are painted in colors to indicate how much water flow they can produce in gallons per minute (gpm). The color coding gives the fire truck engineer the proper information needed to operate the fire pump to prevent damages to equipment, injuries and lose of life.
- Blue – over 1,500 gallons per minute (gpm)
- Green – 1000 to 1,499 gpm
- Orange – 500 to 999 gpm
- Red – less than 500 gpm