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Digging out Fire Hydrants Saves Valuable Time for Fire Service
 
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019
 
Digging out Hydrants Saves Valuable Time for Fire Service With heavy snow fall in North Iowa, fire hydrants sometimes get the brunt of it. Snowplows, snow blowers, and shovelfuls can hide a very important tool for fighting fires. Fire hydrants are located on many businesses and private homeowner’s property.
 

Digging out Hydrants Saves Valuable Time for Fire Service

With heavy snow fall in North Iowa, fire hydrants sometimes get the brunt of it.  Snowplows, snow blowers, and shovelfuls can hide a very important tool for fighting fires.  Fire hydrants are located on many businesses and private homeowner’s property.  Property owners who have a fire hydrant near their homes or businesses are urged to keep the hydrant clear of snow so that it is clearly visible from the street.  A hydrant that is covered can create a difficult situation when a fire crew arrives to a neighborhood and is unable to locate the hydrant.

Limited or no access to a hydrant is a loss of valuable time when minutes and even seconds count.  Property loss and unsafe environments for fire crews without water can be reversed with an ample supply of water that the hydrants provide.  Most Fire apparatus carry only 500 to 1,200 gallons of water and in an extreme environment such as a fully involved fire in a home, that amount of water can be used up in only a few minutes.  Hooking into the City’s water supply at the hydrant, gives fire crews necessary continuous volume of water that may be needed to protect you or your neighbor’s property from further loss.  Please help firefighters by clearing away the snow buildup around your neighborhood hydrants.

 
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