The fire department depends on the fire hydrant near your home should a fire occur. If that fire hydrant is not visible, the inability to find it could cost time, causing more damage and increasing the possibility of deaths and injuries.
Here are several things that you can do to help keep the fire hydrant near your home in working order and ready for emergency use. Remember, we may need that fire hydrant for your home.
- Throw snow in a direction away from the fire hydrant.
- If the snow accumulates around the hydrant, shovel a path around the hydrant.
- For visibility, keep the snow level below the top of the hydrant.
- If the hydrant has water or ice coming from one of the hose connections, the water department needs to be notified right away as this is a sign the fire hydrant is leaking. If not corrected, the cold weather will turn the hydrant into an ice cube making it useless to everyone, not to mention the delay it will cause while firefighters look for another fire hydrant that does work.