Okay, we have had our January thaw, and the groundhog predicted an early spring. However, I’m sure we will have some more snow and today’s blog asks you to be a Hydrant Hero!
While removing snow from sidewalks and driveways, please take a few minutes to clean the snow from around the fire hydrant on or near ad-joining property.
Fire departments need a clear space out to the street in front of a hydrant, as well as space behind the hydrant for a firefighter to open the hydrant valve. By clearing a three-foot radius around the hydrant and a clear path to the street, firefighters will have immediate access to water.
There are 3,636 NWWSD fire hydrants throughout Wood County, and while fire department crews do their best to remove snow, it can take several days or longer to clear them all.
NWWSD also asks residents to clear snow from hydrants closest to their homes and to be a good neighbor and clear snow from fire hydrants for family, friends, or neighbors who may have medical conditions, disabilities, or even the elderly who may be unable to do so themselves. Such acts of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood.