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The Somerville Fire Department would like to remind residents to please shovel in front of and around the fire hydrant closest to your home so that firefighters can see and access it. If possible, please clear the snow a few feet in all directions and clear the access from the street to make it possible for firefighters to attach hoselines to the hydrant.

Seconds count during a fire and the time it takes a firefighter to dig out a buried hydrant could make all the  difference in the outcome at a fire. We realize that the last thing anyone wants to do after shoveling out their property is to clear more snow but the extra effort could be life-saving.

~Somerville Fire Department

 

2 Responses to “Somerville Fire Department reminds residents to please keep fire hydrants clear of snow”

  1. Resident says:

    Is there an online map where residents can see where the fire hydrants are? I have no idea where they are buried under the snow!
    Thanks.

  2. j connelly says:

    Yup the city in so engrossed putting up “fine” & “cycle” warning signs,
    you would think the fire safety priority would come first.

    They should install 7′ high poles striped with the bright yellow & red stripes near the hydrants for this purpose. They could probably make them in house with a collaboration of the Somerville High Graphics students & the DPW. A learning experiences foe the students with thew expertise of the DPW crew, also a “learning” experience on how to $ave money for city hall.

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