Is your fire hydrant cleared off from snow?

Don't forget to clear the space around the hydrants near you
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courtesy of National Fire Protection Association
Fire Hydrant

courtesy of LFR

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- In the midst of clearing off sidewalks, cars, and driveways after a huge snowstorm, Lincoln Fire & Rescue wants to remind you to clean off something you may have forgotten: fire hydrants.

If you look at the image above, there is a 3-foot by 3-foot perimeter to clear away on either side of a fire hydrant.

When it comes to an emergency, every second counts. Help save time for Lincoln’s firefighters and make sure your fire hydrant isn’t buried in snow.

“If the hydrant is clear when we arrive, time is saved and time is property. A fire can double In size every 30 seconds,” LFR said in a tweet.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, clearing space around a fire hydrant is a fire code.

“Snow accumulation can quickly obstruct fire hydrants and block access from fire department vehicles. We all think about shoveling our driveways and front steps, and making sure there is a clear means of escape during and after a snowstorm is very important, too! However, we can’t neglect our responsibility to ensure the fire department has the necessary access to water supply should they need to respond to a fire. Yes, fires happen in the snow, too,” Kristin Bigda, National Fire Protection Association.

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