Can I burn leaves in my yard?
No. It’s illegal in Strongsville to burn garbage or residential waste, including landscaping debris and leaves.
Is it legal to cook over an open fire?
Yes. Cooking food for human consumption is one of the exceptions to the open burning law. It is also permissible to have a fire to heat tar and for warmth of outdoor workers and strikers.
How about a recreational fire in my back yard?
Recreational fires are permitted in your backyard under the following stipulations: the wood must be seasoned, dry wood and not treated lumber or trash, the fire must be 50 feet from any structure, the fire may not be larger than three feet in diameter and two feet high, a hose or bucket of water should be immediately accessible, and the fire must be completely extinguished when your activity is complete. We ask that you communicate with your neighbors and discuss your recreational activities. Any fires that are determined to create a nuisance, you will be asked to extinguish. For more on recreational fire regulations, click here.
Violating the open burning law is a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.
It’s illegal to use a grill on or below a balcony of an apartment building or multifamily dwelling, or within 20 feet of any structure housing three or more families.
It is illegal to release into the sky any object that is on fire, including hot air devices commonly called Chinese Lanterns or Sky Lanterns.
It is illegal under City and Ohio law for anyone other than a licensed exhibitor to ignite or possess fireworks. Violators can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and a maximum of six months in jail.
Carseat installation is handled by the Strongsville Police Department as a courtesy to residents. Call (440) 580-3230 to set up an appointment to have a child seat checked or installed.
Fire Station No. 1 at 11297 Webster Road has a room that is available to the community for meetings. To reserve the room, call (440) 580-3210.
The department offers first aid and CPR classes to the public. For information or to sign up, contact Charley Walters at email@example.com or 440-580-3210 ext. 5433. CPR training is free of charge for Strongsville residents and non-profit organizations, but a certification card (optional) is $20. For non-residents and those who are taking the class for employment, the cost is $50.
Strongsville is part of Cuyahoga County’s emergency alert network. If you are registered with Ready Notify, you can expect to receive notifications by text, call or e-mail about emergency events, news, closures, water boil alerts, safety messages and other information. NOTE: As of January 2019, new registrations were not being taken as the county upgrades to a new notification system. Sign-ups for the new system will be announced in early 2019.
Residential Lock Boxes
Residential lock boxes are an option for first responders to use in order to gain access to a resident’s house when responding to a medical alert. A small box is mounted on the outside of the building and a key is placed inside. The code to open the lock box is recorded at the Dispatch Center and provided to first responders when they need to access the home. The lock boxes can be purchased from hardware or home improvement stores for about $30. A member of the Fire Prevention Office will be glad to assist in installation and supplying the pertinent information to the Dispatch Center. Click here for more information, or call (440) 580-3225.
Free Smoke Detectors
It is a fact that smoke detectors save lives and the Fire Department remains committed to having residents install and maintain them. The Fire Department has a limited supply of donated smoke detectors to provide to residents who cannot afford to purchase their own. A Fire Prevention Officer will review the hardship, perform a home safety inspection and assist in installing the smoke detectors. The resident will be responsible for maintaining the smoke detector. Fire Prevention Officers are available to assist all residents and business owners with any fire safety concerns. Fire Prevention can be reached at (440) 580-3225.
Fire Extinguisher Training
Residents, businesses and groups can receive free training on how to use a fire extinguisher by calling (440) 580-3210.
Copies of Medical Reports
EMS records are protected healthcare information and are administrated under HIPAA law. To receive a copy of a medical report, the patient must present proper identification and sign a release of information form. No medical records will be released without proper documentation. For information, call (440) 580-3210.
The City contracts with a third party to process claims and collect fees from EMS responses. The City accepts what insurance pays as payment in full for residents, individuals who own property in Strongsville, and anyone employed by a Strongsville business. The City has contracted with EMS Management and Consultants in Lewisville, NC. If you have a question about a bill for ambulance service, please call (440) 580-3210.
The department is happy to offer tours of its stations to groups. To arrange one, call (440) 580-3210.
Annually, all public fire hydrants are inspected, maintained and flowed to ensure proper operation.
Residents are reminded that if they encounter rusty or discolored water flowing from their home faucets following this maintenance, they should run only the cold water for a few minutes until it clears.
Areas immediately adjacent to fire hydrants need to be kept clear of any obstructions, such as trees or shrubbery that could delay locating a fire hydrant in the event of a fire. In the winter, residents are asked to shovel snow around hydrants so they are visible and easily accessed.
Residents are also asked to refrain from landscaping around hydrants.
Becoming a Strongsville Firemedic
Civil service tests are administered every two years. Applicants must be 19 years of age to take the test and 21 years of age by the appointment date. No one will be appointed on or after his or her 31st birthday. Applicants must have certification by the State of Ohio as a Firefighter II and a paramedic and must pass the Tri-C Firefighter Agility Test.
Fire Safety Trailer
The department teaches children about fire safety by visiting third-grade classes with the fire safety trailer, which is designed to look like rooms in a house to demonstrate fire hazards and how to escape a fire. The trailer becomes filled with artificial smoke and kids are instructed to climb out a window to safety.