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Fire/EMS - Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have a recreational fire in city limits?

Yes, you can have a recreational fire. However, there are certain limitations. The fire must be attended at all times and you should have a reasonable means of extinguishing it close at hand, such as a garden hose. Open fires should be at least 25 feet from a house or garage; fires contained in chimneys can be closer, but in no case nearer than ten feet to a structure. Material piled for a fire should not be larger than three feet by three feet and no more than three feet high. The only material you can burn in a recreational fire is clean, dry wood.

What precautions should I take if I am going to grill outside?

Never leave the grill unattended. If your grill is on a deck or porch, keep it away from doors and windows. If the grill were to catch fire, windows and doors are an easy and rapid avenue for fire to spread into the house. Also, be aware of children and animals around the grilling area as they might tip over the grill or touch a hot service causing serious injury.

If I notice smoke coming from a building, whom should I call?

Always dial 911 for smoke conditions.

Is it legal to have a wood-burning stove/heater in my home?

While anyone can have a wood burning stove or fireplace, always let your insurance agent know and likewise verify whether your homeowners’ insurance rates will increase. Some insurance companies are becoming more prohibitive with wood burners. You should have your flue and/or chimney inspected annually by a chimney sweep or someone who has expertise with wood burners. If you have a chimney fire, always call the fire department as we can check to make sure that there is no likely spread of fire into walls and other void spaces.

What should I do in case of a fire at my residence?

Alert the other members of your household and get out. Your family should develop a pre-determined plan of escape that includes two escape routes and a meeting spot outside and away from the structure. Make sure to crawl or stay very low when smoke is present. Call the fire department from a neighbor's house. Practice home fire drills incorporating all these elements with your children, so that they automatically know what to do.

Where should I put smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?

You should have at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and attic. Smoke detectors should be replaced every couple of years to ensure safety. You also should have a smoke detector near the sleeping areas of your home. If you sleep with your bedroom doors closed you should have a smoke detector in every bedroom. A single carbon monoxide detector in your home is sufficient. The carbon monoxide detector should be located near where you sleep.

 

Are fireworks allowed within city limits?

It is illegal to set off fireworks in Ohio unless you are a licensed exhibitor. Novelty items like smoke bombs and sparklers are permitted for the average citizen.

Am I permitted to burn brush or leaves?

The burning of brush or leaves is not permitted in the city limits, or within one mile of the corporation according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Why is cleaning my chimney so important?

Chimneys should be inspected and/or cleaned before the start of the heating season to prevent chimney fires caused by an excess accumulation of creosote, a black tarry substance that results from the burning of the sap or resin found in (primarily green) wood. Likewise, chimneys should be inspected after a chimney fire. The main concern after a chimney fire is that the very high temperatures created can cause cracks in mortar joints or in flue liners.

Police - Frequently Asked Questions

How can I obtain copies of accident reports? Is there a cost for reports?

Residents can come to the Dover Police Department and request copies of accident reports at the dispatch window upon completion of the investigation. A written request can be mailed to the police department with a self-addressed stamped envelope. A fee of ten cents per page may be assessed.

Can I get my fingerprints taken?

The police department will fingerprint Dover residents seeking employment. The Dover Police Department does not offer electronic fingerprinting.  If a Dover resident wishes to obtain the fingerprint card and ink style fingerprinting, they may bring proper identification to the Dover Police Department dispatch window Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM. For electronic fingerprinting, please contact the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center.  The ECOESC address is 834 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 and the telelphone number is (330) 308-9939.

Does the police department do vehicle lockouts?
  • Yes. The vehicle owner or person in control of the vehicle must be willing to sign a damage release waiver.
Is there a leash law in the City of Dover?

There is an ordinance that prohibits an owner, keeper or harborer of any dog or cat from allowing said animal to enter the property of another or upon public property unless restrained by a leash. Please see ORC 505.01(b).

Do I need a permit for a garage sale?

No fee or permit is required. Garage sales may be conducted only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. It is unlawful for any person to conduct more than four garage sales during any 12-month period. No single garage sale may continue for more than four consecutive calendar days. Signs are not permitted in the curb strip or on city property, trees or utility poles.

How can I obtain information about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) victim notification program?

HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witneses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody.  Victims and witnesses are rquired to register with the agency in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release.  Please follow the link below to be transferred to a number of valuable victims services.  http://www.ice.gov/victim-notification/