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Remember Fire Hydrants

By Staff | Jan 5, 2010

It’s a given that if you ever need the assistance of your local fire department, they will answer your call for help.

But, there are times when your local firefighters could use a little help – and this is one of those times.

With the Christmas Holiday snowstorm dumping two feet of snow throughout the area, in many places, fire hydrants in our area communities have been covered by snow. Anyone with a fire hydrant on adjacent to their property, or in their neighborhood, is asked to help out the volunteer firefighters in the area by shoveling out and clearing snow from those hydrants.

Just a few minutes of effort could mean the difference between life and death in case of a fire. Instead of wasting precious seconds to dig out a hydrant, firefighters could attach hoses and fight flames, rather than snow, during an emergency.

Most hydrants are marked with flags, but in some cases, flags have been covered or are missing, so any help that can be provided by area residents would be greatly appreciated by the volunteer firefighters of the region.

If a hydrant has been covered by a large pile of snow through snow removal efforts or even blowing and drifting of snow, contact the city hall in your community and advise them of the situation so that city crews may uncover the hydrant. At the same time, the public is reminded to avoid piling snow on hydrants and leave street-side access to hydrants.