PUBLIC SAFETY: Even if the forecasts are off, it’s still a good time for this reminder: Next time you’re out with a shovel or snow blower, remember to clear fire hydrants near you.
Firefighters don’t mind doing it themselves, but they have other responsibilities.
And wouldn’t you want them fresh if there’s a calamity at YOUR home or business?
What’s more: Some towns make it illegal NOT to clear hydrants along your property. You can be ticketed and fined if you don’t.
It just makes sense.
“If the hydrants are not shoveled this will hinder our response time during an emergency,” Emerson Firefighter Mark Savino Jr. told CLIFFVIEW PILOT last winter.
“Use a three-foot radius all the way around as a guideline,” veteran Rochelle Park firefighter James Bohan advised. “Clear all the way to the street.”
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.
TOP: A team of Ridgewood firefighters assigned to Engine Company #35 free up a hydrant located near the corner of Spring Avenue and Hope Street last winter (FiLE PHOTO: Boyd A. Loving)