Don't forget the fire hydrants when clearing snow from around your property | News
Don't forget the fire hydrants when clearing snow from around your property | News

Source: NBC RightNow

TRI-CITIES, Wash.-

Ever wonder whose responsibility it is to keep fire hydrants clear of snow?

If there’s a fire hydrant in your yard or on the corner of your property, chances are you’re the one responsible for keeping it clear.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Fire Code requires that 36 inches of clear space be maintained around hydrants. The space allows firefighters to quickly find the fire hydrant when on scene, then access it easily. Fire crews say mere seconds count and can make the difference in saving your home and possessions. 

In most areas residents are required to maintain the right-of-way on their properties. 

“Including keeping hydrants clear of plants and snow,” said Ben Shearer of the Pasco Fire Department.

Another thing to keep in mind when shoveling snow from your driveway and sidewalks is where you are putting it. Be careful to not bury any hydrants under a pile of snow that you remove from another location. Make sure people can still get through, in case those without cars walk by your house. 

Firefighters remind you that you’re not just helping yourself and your household, you’re also helping your neighbors. 

“It’s your responsibility as a property owner, property tenant, to make sure the fire plug, fire hydrant is maintained to the point where we can get to it if we need to,” said Shearer. “It’s for your safety. If you have a fire in your house, you’ll want the fire department to be able to show up and use that water to put out your fire.”