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Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste, or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware that it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health, and the concentration and length of exposure.
CO gas can come from several sources: gas fire appliances, charcoal and gas grills, wood burning furnaces or fireplaces, and motor vehicles. Anything that burns fuel creates CO. Usually the CO is either outside, vented to the atmosphere, goes up a chimney, or outside through a range hood or fan.
Everyone is at risk of CO poisoning. Medical experts believe that unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens, and people with heart or lung problems are at an even greater risk for CO poisoning.
If no one is feeling ill:
If illness is a factor:
The Department maintains hydrants twice a year. Once in the spring and again in the fall.
The Fire Department posts signs on fire hydrants near the intersections of the areas to be flushed. This is usually done at least three days in advance.
Due to the fire hydrant flushing, residents may experience a temporary discoloration of water which is due to the unsettling of rust and sediment in the water main.
Run the cold water for 5 to 10 minutes; this should clear up the water. Do not run the hot water; this pulls the sediment into the hot water tank.
Do not dry the clothes. The clothes should be re-washed with a rust removing additive. Additive can be obtained from the Fire Department.
Yes. If the water was unsafe for any reason, a boil alert would be issued.
In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm can save your life and those of your loved ones. They are a very important means of preventing house and apartment fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal, so you and your family can escape. Smoke alarms are one of the best safety devices you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family, and your home.
There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.
Ionization alarms sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs. Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires. There are also combination smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric into one unit, called dual sensor smoke alarms.
Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires, and because homeowners cannot predict what type of fire might start in a home, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) recommends the installation of both ionization and photoelectric or dual sensor smoke alarms.
In addition to the basic types of alarms, there are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or in the early morning. For extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside sleeping areas. Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.
Many hardware, home supply, or general merchandise stores carry smoke alarms. If you cannot afford a smoke detector, The Wickliffe Fire Department offers one free detector per household. Call 440-943-1212, or contact us, for more information.
If your smoke alarms are hard wired, that is wired into the electrical system, you will need to have a qualified electrician do the initial installation or install replacements. For battery powered smoke alarms, all you will need for installation is a screw driver. Some brands are self adhesive and will easily stick to the wall or ceiling where they are placed. For all smoke alarm installations, be sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions because there are differences between the various brands. If you are uncomfortable standing on a ladder, ask a relative or friend for help. If no one can help you install the detector, The Wickliffe Fire Department will be happy to do so. Contact us to set up an appointment.
If you have a smoke alarm with batteries:
Then it's doing its job. Do not disable your smoke alarm if it alarms due to cooking or other non-fire causes. You may not remember to put the batteries back in the alarm after cooking. Instead clear the air by waving a towel near the alarm, leaving the batteries in place. The alarm may need to be moved to a new location. Some of the newer models have a "hush" button that silences nuisance alarms.
Most alarms installed today have a life span of about 8 to 10 years. After this time, the entire unit should be replaced. It is a good idea to write the date of purchase with a marker on the inside of your alarm so you will know when to replace it. Some of the newer alarms already have the purchase date written inside. In any event, always follow the manufacturer's instructions for replacement.
Some smoke alarms are considered to be "hard-wired." This means they are connected to the household electrical system and may or may not have battery backup. It's important to test every smoke alarm monthly and replace the batteries with new ones at least once a year.
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If your vehicle was impounded by police (meaning it was towed by law and not by your request) you will need to obtain a “tow release” from the police department.
City Ordinance 351.01-99 provides for the regulation of parking enforcement.
There is no parking:
Fines for parking violations are $10 if paid within 48 hours. Fine increases to $15 after 48 hours. Handicap parking violations are $100; increases to $150 after 48 hours. Parking fines must be paid with cash, check or money order. If paying by check or money order, please include the citation number on the check or money order to ensure proper payment of your parking ticket.
Multiple parking citations can result in your vehicle being impounded and subject to towing fees.
No, parking on the street is not permitted between the hours of 2 am to 5 am. Limited permission may be granted for driveway work, construction, a disabled vehicle, etc. by calling the police dispatcher at 440-943-1234. Be sure to have the following information available when requesting permission: type of vehicle, license plate, and location.
The Wickliffe Police Department is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Sara Fagnilli is the city prosecutor. You can email Sara Fagnilli with any questions or concerns.
The police department strictly enforces the curfew laws. If your child is detained past curfew, as outlined below, then they will be in violation of the curfew law. This simply means that your child shall not be beyond the property line of their residential property between the hours specified below unless accompanied by their parent or guardian.
No minor (under the age of eighteen) shall be in or upon any street, highway, park, alley or other public place without a parent or guardian between the hours of:
See Ordinance 509.09 for more information.
The City of Wickliffe has a noise ordinance that prohibits the operation of any tools or equipment that creates a sound disturbing to others between the hours of 9:30 pm and 7 am during the week and before 8:30 am on Sunday. Keep in mind, it is also a violation to load or unload equipment in such a manner that the activity creates unreasonable noise. Violations constitute a minor misdemeanor.
This does not apply to snow plows, emergency situations, or activity engaged by the City of Wickliffe.
See Ordinance 509.12 for more information.
In most cases, as with dogs at large, we cannot trap animals. If the animal poses a risk to people, such as a sick raccoon or skunk, an officer may destroy the animal in a humane manner. Otherwise, a local pest control company can be called to assist you.
No owner of any animal shall permit their animal to run at large upon any public place or premises of another. Owners of animals running at large are subject to a minor misdemeanor citation. A misdemeanor of the fourth degree can result for each subsequent offense.
All dogs in the parks must be restrained by a leash and under a person’s control at all times. Dogs are permitted on the park walkways, paths and sidewalks only.
For more information, see Ordinance Chapter 505 Animals and Ordinance 951.12 Animal Control.
The Wickliffe Police Department makes every effort to reunite lost dogs with their owners. Dogs wearing a dog tag are most likely to be returned to their homes.
There are no specific times addressed by ordinance. We recommend that you contact the police non-emergency number, 440-943-1234, while the problem is actively occurring. A police officer will respond to assess the situation and to speak with the involved parties. Repeated/excessive complaints can result in a minor misdemeanor to the owner of the barking dog.
See Noise Ordinance 509.12 or Barking or Howling Animals Ordinance 505.09 for more information.
Please do not call the Emergency Dispatchers; the use of 911 is only to report a crime in progress, or a fire, or if an ambulance is needed. Contact your service provider directly to report any disruptions in your service:
All records of the Wickliffe Police Department are public, unless they are specifically exempt from disclosure under the Ohio Revised Code and are available for inspection and copying in accordance with the Ohio Public Records Act.
Your request can be filled by coming to the police station and completing a record request form. Requests for records or viewing records may be made during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm).
Call the Wickliffe Police Department Detective Bureau at 440-943-1234. You do not have to leave your name and number. Please have as much information as possible including vehicle descriptions, license plates, the address, time/day of most activity and where they make transactions (side door, parking lot, etc.). You can also direct/private message us on Facebook. If there is a crime in progress, report it to 911.
The Wickliffe Police Department is partnering with the Lake County SCRAM (Security Camera Registration And Mapping) Program to assist in the investigation of crimes. The police department has had a list of business and residential surveillance systems for years and having access to those systems has helped solve many crimes. The county wide SCRAM program makes accessing that list easier. Participants are entered into the system and plotted on a county map. Officers can then instantly see where cameras are located and who to contact to request access. Participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the program anytime. Visit the SCRAM Page to learn more.
Many public and private employers require background checks. State law mandates that schools, day care centers, health care facilities, and others require such checks as part of the hiring process. Visit the Attorney General’s website for locations near you.
The police department handles criminal fingerprinting only.
You can search for active warrants on the Willoughby Municipal Court website.
The Wickliffe Police Department strives to provide quality service to the community. We work daily to demonstrate our commitment to fair and impartial law enforcement that respects individual dignity and rights. It our policy to receive and investigate any complaints related to police services or enforcement.
When a member of our department provides outstanding service, we want to hear from you, and when we fall short of our goals, we want to know that too.
Compliments: We appreciate hearing stories about the good work of the Wickliffe Police Department. If you want to share a story or just say thanks, feel free send a letter to the police department.
Concerns / Complaints: Members of the police department handle a variety of calls and have numerous contacts with the public. In some cases, individuals may feel that a member of the police department has not followed correct WPD policy and procedures. If so, they can come to the police department and ask to speak to the supervisor on duty.
The supervisor on duty will attempt to resolve the problem informally or through a formal internal investigation. If the complainant wishes to file a formal complaint, the supervisor will assist the complainant in filling out the proper paperwork.
To File a Confidential Complaint:
NOTE: It is a violation of the Ohio Revised to knowingly file a complaint against a peace officer that alleges the peace officer engaged in misconduct in the performance of the officer’s duties if the person knows the allegation is false. Making a false allegation is a misdemeanor of the first degree and is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and by incarceration of up to 180 days. (ORC 2921.15)
We recommend that you notify the police department if you would like your house checked while you are on vacation, for a death in the family, transfer of ownership, etc. It is the policy of the Wickliffe Police Department to conduct “House Checks” of unoccupied homes in the city upon the request of the owner to protect and minimize thefts and burglaries and to identify any unusual occurrences.
Visit the Vacation House Watch page for more information or you may call the police dispatcher at 440-943-1234 and request a house check. Be sure to provide information on the dates needed, any vehicles on the premises, a contact name/keyholder, and any other pertinent information. A trusted neighbor or family member should also be made aware of your plans.
Ohio law requires that children under 8 years old must be properly restrained in a booster seat or other appropriate car seat unless they are 4 foot 9 inches or taller.
Fines will range from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $75 per occurrence. A booster seat can be purchased for as little at $15. Keep your child safe. Be sure to follow your seat manufacturer’s specific instructions for weight limits and proper use. Don’t wait for a ticket!
More information can be found on the Ohio Department of Health website.
No. Contact Lake Heath to schedule an appointment to have your car seat checked or installed. Lake Health’s Certified Car Seat Technician installs over 700 seats annually for many parents, grandparents and caregivers. Call 440-724-7404 (cell) or 440-354-1048 (voice mail) or email Stacy Lyles.
All persons residing in the City of Wickliffe are required to license their bicycles. Applications and bicycle licenses can be obtained from the Wickliffe Police Department. The cost of the license is $1. You will need the serial number, which is stamped into the metal on the underside of the frame, the make and model of the bike for the license. Bicycle and owner information is kept on file at the police department to help find the owners of recovered bicycles.
See Ordinance Chapter 374 for more information on Bicycle Licensing.
There is no need to do anything. You can go online to the 24-hour earthquake reporting website to report your experience or tune in to your local media station for updates. If you have an emergency as a result of a natural disaster which requires a police officer, fire truck or ambulance, dial 911.
Call the Service Department at 440-943-7125.
The City of Wickliffe no longer displays fireworks on the fourth of July. Check your local newspaper for locations and times for fireworks in neighboring communities.
You can dispose of unwanted drugs safely at the following collection sites in Lake County. Remove personal information on the pharmacy label, otherwise leave in the original container.
The Wickliffe Police Department is located at 28730 Ridge Road in Coulby Park. The drive into park includes the police station, City Hall, which is located in Coulby Mansion, and the Aquatic Center.
Although fireworks possession is now legal, it is illegal to discharge/ignite fireworks in the City of Wickliffe.
It is a minor misdemeanor for the first offense and fourth-degree misdemeanor on each subsequent offense.