In the aftermath of the snow storms that hit the Southtowns earlier this month, I would like to issue a friendly reminder to your readers, especially village of Hamburg residents and business owners who live and work in close proximity to a fire hydrant, about the importance of keeping the area around each of them clear of snow, ice and other debris.
As someone who has unofficially adopted the fire hydrant located in front of our residence, I am very conscious and aware of an easy way to help ensure public safety is keeping hydrants clear of snow.
In some instances, I have seen fire hydrants become completely buried after a heavy snowfall, subsequent street snowplowing and, in some rare instances, the irresponsible behavior of “plow jockeys” who clear snow from individual driveways and parking lots.
I do not own a snow blower, but still make a concentrated effort to clear the hydrant in front of my home of snow, by hand-shoveling the area around it, so it can easily be viewed from the road, if an emergency vehicle ever needs to access it.
As we all know, during an emergency, every second counts. Our volunteer firefighters can better serve the residents of all of our local communities, if the fire hydrants in each neighborhood are shoveled or snow-blown out, after each snow storm.
If firefighters and other emergency responders have to first locate and then dig out fire hydrants, precious time is wasted and their ability to quickly establish a water supply could be greatly reduced.
Please help our dedicated volunteers better serve us, by keeping those fire hydrants clear of snow, ice and other debris.