All-American City of Pharr

FAQ’s

1. Will the Fire Department refill my fire extinguisher?
2. What type of fire extinguisher is best for my home?
3. Does the Fire Department install and/or inspect child car seats?
4. Is outdoor burning allowed?
5. What can I burn?
6. There is a leaking fire hydrant on my street, who is responsible for repairing it?
7. Does the Fire Department assist with bee removals?
8. I’m opening a business, who do I contact in order to get a fire inspection?
9. Does the Fire Department offer fire safety information?
10. Do you fill swimming pools?
11. What is a hazardous material?
12. What is the phone number to the Poison Control Center?
13. How do I obtain a fire record/report?
14. How can I schedule a fire safety presentation?
15. How do I get a fire truck to come to my event (school, church, etc.)?
16. How often do I need to change the battery in my smoke detector?
17. Why should I have a Carbon Monoxide detector in my home?
18. Where should Carbon Monoxide Detectors be placed?
19. What do firefighters do all day?

1. Will the Fire Department refill my fire extinguisher?
– The Fire Department does not refill fire extinguishers. An approved and licensed vendor can be found in the Yellow Pages.
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2. What type of fire extinguisher is best for my home?
- A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 10B: C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of that may occurr in the home. It will often be labeled A-B-C and may be located at many City of Pharr retail establishments.
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3.Does the Fire Department install and/or inspect child car seats?
- No, car seat inspections and/or installations are not offered at the moment.
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4. Is outdoor burning allowed?
- Yes, open burning is permitted with a Burn Permit. A Burn Permit can be obtained at the Pharr Fire Department located at 118 S. Cage Blvd. 3rd floor, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Certain burn permit rules and regulations apply.
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5. What can I Burn?
- Only brush, trees, and limbs are allowed for the sole purpose of land clearance.
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6. There is a leaking fire hydrant on my street. Who is responsible for repairing it?
– Contact the City of Pharr Water Dept. at (956)787-7951 for any hydrant issues.
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7. Does the Fire Department assist with bee removals?
– If the bees are attacking a person dial 9-1-1, otherwise contact the Fire Department at (956)787-2761 for further information.
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8. I’m opening a business, who do I contact in order to get a fire inspection?
– Contact the Pharr Fire Marshal’s office at (956)787-2761 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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9. Does the Fire Department offer Fire Safety information?
- Yes, fire Safety Information can be obtained at the Fire Marshal’s office during normal business hours Monday through Friday.
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10. Do you fill swimming pools?
- No, the Fire Department does not fill swimming pools
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11. What is considered a hazardous material?
– A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. If additional information is required please contact us at (956)787-2761.
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12. What is the phone number to the Poison Control Center?
– To contact your local poison center call 1-800-222-1222.
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13. How do I obtain a fire record/report?
- Records for fires within the city limits of Pharr may be obtained at 118 S. Cage, 3rd Floor. The cost per fire record varies; a request form must be completed in advance; which requires date, time and location of incident. Contact (956)787-2761.
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14. How can I schedule a fire safety presentation?
- Contact our fire prevention office at (956)787-2761 and set up an appointment.
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15. How do I get a fire truck to come to my event (school, church, etc.)?
- Contact our fire prevention office at (956)787-2761 for more informtion.
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16. How often do I need to change the battery in my smoke detector?
– We recommend that residents change the batteries in smoke detectors every six months. A good time to change the batteries is during the spring and fall time changes.
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17. Why should I have a Carbon Monoxide detector in my home?
- A carbon monoxide detector is designed to alert you of fumes (carbon monoxide) which is an odorless, colorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by burningfuels (gasoline, wood, coal, propane, oil, and/or natural gas for example) foradded protection for you and your family.
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18. Where should Carbon Monoxide Detectors be placed?
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be placed within 10 feet of all sleeping areas.
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19. What do firefighters do all day?
- The main responsibility of a firefighter is to protect life and property. Our job is to respond to all fires, accidents and medical emergencies. We train to keep up with our skills in firefighting, hazardous materials, medical emergencies, technicalrescue and confined space. Aside from fire suppression and rescue, we also doprevention activities such as: inspections for life safety at businesses and publiceducation activities, visiting schools and doing fire extinguisher training forthe public. In addition, we also work to keep our equipment clean and in goodworking order at all times.