Clear Snow from Fire Hydrants
By Assistant Chief Reed Outhouse
January 4, 2018


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.


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.

Although there are few hard and fast rules concerning who should clear hydrants, it's generally considered the responsibility of the residents occupying property near a hydrant. Consider helping elderly friends, neighbors, or those with medical conditions to keep their fire hydrants clear.

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.

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