In an emergency, every second counts. Fire hydrants that are
blocked, concealed, or difficult to access due to snow, ice or other
obstructions can impede emergency fire response.
Fire engines 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 fire fight. Keeping
them clear can mean easier access to water and more time doing what really
matters – fighting fire.
We need your help! In the event of winter weather, you are
encouraged to clear a three-foot area around the hydrant and ensure there is a
path to the roadway, so the hydrant is visible and easily accessible. Exercise
caution when clearing around the hydrant. Be cautious of vehicle traffic
nearby. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into