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Newton Fire Department

Posted on: January 10, 2024

Clear Snow Around Fire Hydrants in Your Neighborhood

As winter arrives, people tend to spend more time indoors. However, it's important to stay vigilant about outdoor safety, especially regarding fire hydrants. The cold weather can create potential fire hazards, such as ice and heavy snow blocking fire hydrants. Ensuring these hydrants are accessible and free of ice and snow is a collective effort that can significantly reduce the risk of impeding emergency fire response.

Why It Matters:

During emergencies, every second counts. Blocked or concealed fire hydrants due to snow or ice can hinder swift fire response. Fire trucks carrying limited water rely on quickly locating the nearest hydrant upon arrival at a fire scene. Snow-covered hydrants can delay this process, wasting valuable time to combat the fire. Keeping hydrants clear ensures more accessible access to water and more efficient firefighting.

How to Keep Fire Hydrants Clear:

In line with the best practices suggested by the Newton Fire Department, it's recommended to clear a 3-foot area around the hydrant besides removing snow and debris from the hydrant. This facilitates access for connecting hoses and operating the hydrant while preventing kinking, which could compromise the water supply. Additionally, maintaining a shoveled path from the street, sidewalk, or driveway to the hydrant enhances visibility for firefighters.

Responsibility and Community Involvement:

Clearing hydrants usually falls on residents closest to a hydrant. If you have elderly friends, neighbors, or those with medical conditions nearby, consider extending your assistance to ensure that the hydrants in their vicinity remain clear. Winter should be a time to enjoy the indoors and outdoors with friends and family. By actively keeping fire hydrants clear, you contribute to your home's and the community's safety, ensuring quick and effective responses in emergencies.

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