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Fire Chief Rod Miller Requests Citizens to Clear Snow from Fire Hydrants

January 6, 2014

  01/07/14 With all the snow accumulation, Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller is requesting citizens to clear snow from fire hydrants as part of the snow removal for their properties.

“As you’re clearing your driveway and sidewalks, it’s always appreciated when fire hydrants are kept clear of snow,” said Miller. “It saves a lot of time when it comes to locating and using a fire hydrant in time of a fire.”

  Miller said the snow accumulation and plowing and snow clearing can completely cover or restrict access to fire hydrants.

“A blocked hydrant can mean slower response to extinguishing fires and only takes a few minutes,” said Miller. “Help your neighbors and the Plymouth Fire Department and area fire departments.  A fire hydrant blocked or covered by snow can result in time lost fighting a fire and dire consequences to a homeowner or business owner.”

Snow removal tips
• Adopt a fire hydrant to keep an eye on.
• Make it a regular part of a snow clearing routing.
• Clear a path to fire hydrants from the road.
• Remove snow from all sides so it is visible from the road, and easily accessible for a fire hose.
Chief Miller also reminds those removing snow to take frequent breaks and to avoid snow removal until conditions are safe.