EDITOR'S NOTE: Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson provided the following press release regarding snow removal around fire hydrants.
In the instance of a fire, firefighters need to be able to quickly locate the fire hydrant, or lives and property could be lost. Fire Marshal’s Office urges all residents and community groups to do the following to help keep their neighbors safe during inclement weather:
Make sure the hydrant in your neighborhood is visible. Adopt your fire hydrant. It needs to be uncovered from snow and there needs to be a clear path for access.
Should extreme weather prevail, resulting in snow covered fire hydrants, here’s what residents should do:
• Attempt to remove the snow from around the hydrant, if you are unable to do so, place a 4-foot 1” x 2” orange-tipped stake near the hydrant or spray the word “Fire Hydrant” in large letters on the snow directly in front of the fire hydrant.
• Make sure your address is visible. Fire and Rescue responders use maps to get them to the area, but they need to be able to see house numbers to ensure they
• Make sure you have at least two clear exits out of your house. Keep an eye on snow build up. When the snow melts and refreezes, it could prevent you from being able to open the door and exit from your house.
• Businesses clear the areas around emergency exits to ensure customers can exit safely in an emergency. By doing these things, it will help keep response times as low as possible under these challenging conditions.