Sunday, February 22, 2015

Be sure to clear the snow from the fire hydrants

Be sure to clear the snow from the fire hydrants. Kevin E. Dayhoff,

Westminster Fire Department Chaplain, February 22, 2015

During and after a snow storm, make sure that all the fire hydrants in your neighborhood are clear of snow.

Helping to keep the snow cleared from fire hydrants is a responsibility that we have to each other and our community. If your house, or your neighbor’s house is on fire; the last we want is for firefighters to spend precious time finding and clearing the nearby hydrant in order to hook-up the fire hoses.

According to multiple sources and fire companies that have posted similar messages:

… A clearly visible, accessible fire hydrant could save your home – or even your life. If a fire hydrant is lost or buried in snow, firefighters can lose valuable time trying to locate it when they first arrive at a fire. You can perform a valuable public service and protect yourself, your family and your neighbors by taking the responsibility for shoveling out and clearing any fire hydrants near your home during and after a snowstorm. With more snow sure to be on the way, we’d like to offer these suggestions:

Know the location of all fire hydrants in your neighborhood.

Make sure they are shoveled clear after each snowfall.

Clear away any snow and ice in the area surrounding these fire hydrants.

Clear the snow three feet all around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.

We would also like to remind you to look out for your elderly or handicap neighbors as well, by taking a few extra minutes to shovel out their hydrants.

Please take some time now to save precious minutes in case of a fire. A few scoops of snow today could make all the difference later.

And please remember not to over-exert yourself while shoveling snow. Excessive strain from the cold and hard labor may cause heart attacks.

Please help out elderly or vulnerable neighbors.

Be safe out there and say a prayer for our emergency responders, police, firefighters, EMS personnel and the various local municipal, county, and state, street and roads departments that are out there in this mess trying to keep the roads open and safe.
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