Digging Out Fire Hydrants from the Snow Helps Fire Crews

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

Fire crews remind residents to clear the snow from nearby fire hydrants.

A Lieutenant with the Wausau Fire Department says hydrants are many times overlooked by homeowners. While there is no written rule on who is responsible for removing the snow, the firefighters say it would make their jobs a lot easier.

"If we get to a fire and we're trying to hook up to a hydrant that hasn't been shoveled out, then we have to take the time to remove the snow from around the hydrant," Lieutenant Ted Tautges said, "and that's before we can even test the hydrant to see if its working."

He says 3 or feet of clearance will do.

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