In the event of a fire emergency after heavy snow fall, could Smithfield firefighters find the hydrant near your home? Or does it get buried under a snow pile?
There are hundreds of fire hydrants in the Town of Smithfield. After large snow storms Smithfield firefighters regularly go out to inspect these hydrants and clear them of snow when necessary. To help make this practice more efficient the Smithfield Fire Department is asking Smithfield residents to assist firefighters with clearing the fire hydrant near their home.
The Smithfield Fire Department is encouraging residents to “adopt a fire hydrant’ near their home and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season. This will ensure fire hydrants are visible and will greatly speed the response time in case of an emergency.
At a minimum, residents who have hydrants nearby are asked to make sure the hydrant is cleared of snow enough to make it visible from the street. Even better is to clear the snow 3 feet all around the hydrant so firefighters can easily connect a hose.
Your help is greatly appreciated this winter!
Chief Robert W. Seltzer
Smithfield Fire Department