|Clear Snow from Fire Hydrants|
|By Assistant Chief Reed Outhouse|
|January 4, 2018|
CLEARING SNOW FROM HYDRANTS
When the weather turns bitterly cold and the white stuff begins to fall, inside is where most people want to be. However it's important to keep an eye on what's going on outside too. Wintry weather can increase fire safety hazards including ice or heavy snowfall that can obstruct fire hydrants.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
In an emergency, every second counts. Fire hydrants that are blocked, concealed, or difficult to access due to snow or ice and impede emergency fire response.
Fire trucks carry a limited amount of water, so one of the first tasks 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 uncovering them can waste valuable time needed during the a fire fight. Keeping them clear can mean easier access to water and more time doing what really matters - fighting the fire.
WHO SHOULD CLEAR HYDRANTS
The winter can be a time for enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family. Help keep your home safe from winter fire hazards by ensuring your fire hydrants are clear and readily accessible in an emergency.