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Blizzard of 2013 Cleanup: Don't Forget the Fire Hydrants


Fire HydrantThe Blizzard of 2013 left the fire hydrant at the corner of our street plowed in. So, my husband dug it out.  The fire department can only get to them so fast.

Time spent going to the next hydrant or digging it out is time lost during a fire and can lead to serious injury.

So, if you live next to or near a fire hydrant and see that it is covered in snow, go dig it out. While no one likes to take on more shoveling than they have to, the time it takes to dig out that hydrant may save a life - possibly your own or a family member's.

If you are not able to shovel it out yourself, at least call the fire department and let them know it needs to be dug out so they can send someone out to take care of it.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsChristine Smith • February 10 2013 10:36AM


great idea and hope that you and yours made it through the Blizzard a-ok.  have a super Sunday, Eric

Posted by Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®, Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC) about 6 years ago

This is a really good tip and one many never think of when they are snowed in.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 6 years ago

Wow - I had not thought of the dangers of leaving a fire hydrant covered in snow where it would not be easily located. Nice post!

Posted by Carla Harbert, RE/MAX Omega, Brunswick Ohio (Full Time REALTOR in Ohio) about 6 years ago

Great tip and wonderful are so right, those few minutes could save a life.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 6 years ago

Eric....we are fine here....all dug out!

Chris Ann...people often forget about the hydrants. one wants to wait for a fire hydrant to be dug out.

Roger....a little work now can save someone's life!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - about 6 years ago

That was a nice community/civil thing your husband did.  I can think of a lot of reasons why people would need to see where the fire hydrant is.  Of course, with my luck, I'd fishtail right into it . . . "Found it!"

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 6 years ago

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