Does the City of Collinsville allow outdoor fires?
Open Burning is not allowed within the City Limits of Collinsville.
The only exceptions are small fires for recreational or religious purposes. Permits are not required. The following rules must be adhered to:
Fire is contained in an area under 36 inches diameter and under 24 inches in height.
Fire should be at least 25 feet from structures or combustible materials.
Fire shall be constantly attended until extinguished.
Means of putting out fire shall be immediately available, such as garden hose, extinguisher, shovel and dirt, etc.
Extra caution must be used with any recreational fire in dry or windy conditions.
City ordinance prohibits the burning of yard waste, trash, garbage, and other items not intended to burn such as furniture, etc.
Fire Pits (self-contained device created for small recreational fires either purchased or constructed of bricks / stones / iron, etc) are recommended and encouraged. Be careful to maintain proper clearance from combustibles and in the disposal of hot coals.
Does the fire department give tours of the firehouses?
The Collinsville Fire Department conducts fire station tours for small groups from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Participants must be at least 5 years of age and be accompanied by an adult.
To arrange a tour of your neighborhood fire station, please contact Fire Administration at (618) 346-5022 ext. 8.
How do I request medical records (ambulance reports) and bills?
Records requests should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by USMail as an alternative. Requests must include the patient's full name, date of service, a release / authorization signed by the patient, and an email address to which the response can be sent.
Requests for Records will be responded to within the time period prescribed by law, however in most cases no longer than 10 days.
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT RECORDS REQUESTS BY FAX AS THERE IS NO WAY TO ENSURE DELIVERY NOR MAINTAIN ADEQUATE RECORDS OF RESPONSE.
Contact Tracy Carlson with questions at 618.346.5022 ext. 3141 or at email@example.com
Where can I get a smoke detector?
Leave ‘Em Safe Program
If you or someone you know is sleeping in a home without a working smoke detector, call the Fire Department.
Our Leave 'Em Safe Program works in cooperation with the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office to install smoke detectors in owner occupied homes. Whether the occupant cannot afford a smoke detector or has been unable to get one installed, Firefighters will come install a working smoke detector or replace batteries free of charge. The goal of the program is to make sure the occupants are protected before anyone sleeps one more night without a smoke detector.
Landlords are required to ensure working smoke detectors are present in all their rental units. If you rent and have requested your landlord install or replace your smoke detector, contact us. In some cases we will have smoke detectors that are not a part of the State program, and will install them for you. If none are available, your landlord can be contacted by the Building Department to ensure the required detector(s) are installed.
In short, the Collinsville Fire Department will do whatever it takes to get a smoke detector protecting your home. Call before another night goes by.
130 South Clinton
Collinsville, IL 62234
618-346-5022 ext. 8
Why are the hydrants on my street being opened?
Hydrant Maintenance Program
The purpose of the Collinsville hydrant flushing program is to provide better water quality to residents and ensure their proper operation in the event of a fire. For the hydrant to operate properly, crews check for ease of opening and closing, ensure that water flow stops when the hydrant is shut down, and make sure water remaining in the barrel drains down below ground level into surrounding soil. If a hydrant does not perform all of these functions, the hydrant must be repaired by the Water Department. Hard turning or inoperable fire hydrants can be a serious problem for the Fire Department during emergency situations and any leaks within the hydrant can be a source of water loss and a major cause for hydrant freeze up during the winter months.
City ordinance also requires that fire hydrants have a 48-inch circle around the hydrant that is free from obstructions. This helps firefighters find the hydrant in the event of an emergency. When a violation of this ordinance is discovered, a letter will be sent to the homeowner requesting the obstruction be removed, and follow-up will be performed to ensure removal has been completed.
The City will update areas with hydrants being flushed on their website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Hydrant flushing may cause residential water to temporarily turn brownish in color. If this occurs, run the water until it becomes clear, and refrain from washing white clothes at that time.