Clearing a three-foot radius around fire hydrants helps in case of an emergency
By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (February 24, 2021) – Though the warmer weather has caused the snow to recede throughout Lansing, the Lansing Fire Department is reminding residents to clear the snow on and around hydrants in case of an emergency.
Although not often top of mind when thinking about snow removal, a fire hydrant covered or surrounded by snow can cause significant delays for firefighters. In fact, stories have emerged around the country of precious moments being wasted as firefighters struggle to locate and clear hydrants for use.
According to Lansing Fire Chief Chad Kooyenga, clearing a three-foot radius around a hydrant gives firefighters enough space to potentially use it. Chief Kooyenga also mentioned that clearing a hydrant on one’s property has often been thought of as a common courtesy, but with new homeowners, people moving in from other climates, and older individuals who may not be able to clear heavy snow, making the practice known to the whole community is important.
Questions can be directed to the Lansing Fire Department’s non-emergency number: 708-895-7400.