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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. The Newton Fire Department is asking for citizen’s help clearing snow from fire hydrants.
It's important to clear a minimum of three feet around the hydrant to give the Fire Department room to work and to get quick access in case of a fire. If a hydrant is lost or buried in snow, firefighters can lose valuable time trying to locate it when they first arrive at a fire.
In addition to removing snow and debris covering the hydrant itself, the Newton Fire Department recommends clearing a 3-foot area around the hydrant for easier access. The Newton Fire Department also suggests maintaining a shoveled path from the street, sidewalk or driveway to the fire hydrant so that it is visible from the road and firefighters can easily access it.
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, and neighborhood, safe from winter fire hazards by ensuring your fire hydrants are clear and readily accessible in an emergency.