In the winter, fire hydrants often become covered by snowfall and/or plowing operations. In an emergency, every second counts but when a hydrant is blocked, hidden, or hard to find due to snow and ice, it slows down the fire department’s response which could make the difference between someone living or dying.
You’ll need to clear a three-foot area around the hydrant to make sure firefighters can both see and quickly access the hydrant, along with a small cleared pathway from the hydrant to the street.
Clear Your Hydrant
- Most fire hydrants are the property of the Erie County Water Authority (716) 849-8444
- Do not paint, personalize or change the appearance of the fire hydrant.
- Be careful when clearing around the hydrant, including remaining cautious of vehicle traffic nearby.
- Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway.