The importance of clearing snow around fire hydrants

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State College, Pa- As folks are clearing snow throughout Central PA, there’s one safety tip to remember: clear the space around fire hydrants.

In most cases, the area didn’t get enough snow to completely cover the hydrants. But, it’s still important to dig out the snow around the hydrants to give firefighters faster access to water, in the event of a fire.

“It helps us as we approach the scene to identify where the hydrants are at…. we don’t have to dig it out, so therefore it does save us a little bit of time making the connections if we do need it,” said Buck Harpster, Assistant Chief for the Alpha Fire Company in State College.

Harpster also said that if you don’t clear the snow around the hydrants, an ice pack could eventually form around the base of the hydrant… which can make it tough to get the two required connections to use the hydrant.

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