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Winter fire safety: Keep fire hydrants clear of snow

Joe Simon
by Joe Simon, Fire Captain12/27/2017 10:00 am
Updated: 12/27/2017

It’s that time of year again. It’s cold and we’re starting to get snow accumulation.

fire hydrant with snow shoveled around itWe know it’s already a chore to shovel your driveways and sidewalks but please also keep fire hydrants in mind. In a fire emergency, every second matters. Fire hydrants that are blocked or difficult to access due to snow can impede the amount of time it takes to get water on the fire.

We do carry water on our engine and ladder trucks, but it’s a relatively small amount and only enough with which to get started. Thus, one of the first tasks we have upon arriving at a fire is to locate a water supply from the nearest hydrant. Hydrants covered in snow can be difficult to locate and shoveling them out can waste valuable time and energy. By you keeping them clear, it means we can do what really matters, fight the fire.

Can’t do it yourself? Ask a neighbor, friend, or family member to help.