PUBLIC SAFETY: If you’re already outside with a shovel or snow blower, please clear fire hydrants near you.
Firefighters don’t mind doing it themselves — as you can see by the photo above, taken by Boyd A. Loving this morning.
But these guys and gals also have other responsibilities. And wouldn’t you want them fresh if there’s a calamity at YOUR home?
What’s more: Some towns make it illegal NOT to clear hydrants. You can be ticketed and fined if you don’t.
“If the hydrants are not shoveled this will hinder our response time during an emergency,” Emerson Firefighter Mark Savino Jr. said.
Whether you are a home- or business owner, please take a minute or two to make sure all hydrants around you are accessible.
“Use a three-foot radius all the way around as a guideline,” veteran Rochelle Park firefighter James Bohan advised.
And while you’re at it: Be sure your house number can be seen, too. You don’t want police or firefighters or EMS crews struggling to find you if you’re unable to get to the door — especially at night.
PHOTO TOP ( BOYD A. LOVING ):
A team of Ridgewood firefighters assigned to Engine Company #35 free up a hydrant located near the corner of Spring Avenue and Hope Street just as this morning’s snow was beginning.