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Keep our Community Safe and Clear Snow around Fire Hydrants

Post Date:01/09/2018 12:44 PM

When winter is at its coldest, you may want to spend most of your time inside. However, it's important to keep an eye on what's happening outdoors, too. Wintry weather can create fire safety hazards, such as ice or heavy snowfall that can obstruct fire hydrants. You can help reduce the risk by keeping fire hydrants accessible and clear of ice and snow.  In an emergency, every second counts. Fire hydrants that are blocked, concealed, or difficult to access due to snow/ice can impede emergency fire response. Hydrants covered in snow can be difficult to locate, and uncovering them can waste valuable time needed during a fire fight. Keeping them clear can mean easier access to water and more time doing what really matters - fighting the fire.

How to Keep Fire Hydrants Clear as recommended by Glastonbury Fire Department:

  • Remove snow and debris covering the hydrant itself
  • Clear a 3 foot area around the hydrant for easier access (see diagram below)
  • Maintain 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. Please consider helping elderly friends, neighbors, or those with medical conditions who may have difficulty keeping fire hydrants clear near their property.

In addition to clearing snow from fire hydrants, it's also equally important that residents clear the sidewalks near and adjacent to their properties.  This not only keeps pedestrians safe, but creates an environment where our community can enjoy recreational walking, running, and commuting on foot year-round.

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. Thank you in advance for your assistance and please share this message with your colleagues, neighbors, and friends in Glastonbury.

Diagram for clearing snow around a fire hydrant

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