The threat of winter fires is real -- 905 people die in winter home fires each year. Wintry weather conditions can cause many safety hazards during a period when many people just want to spend time indoors. It is important to pay attention to outside items that have become blocked by snow, such as fire hydrants and exterior doorways. Keeping critical areas clear of snow will help protect your family, neighbors, and businesses.
Snow can cause area fire hydrants to become blocked and difficult to locate and access for first responders.
Keeping hydrants clear can mean quicker access to water and more time in fighting the fire.
When clearing your hydrants remember to:
- Remove all snow and ice from the hydrant, ensuring it is clearly visible and completely accessible
- Clear at least 3-feet of snow all the way around the hydrant, giving firefighters full access to all parts of the hydrant
- Clear a path from the hydrant to the street, allowing firefighters to get in and out easily and quickly
Clearing all exits of snow is important so occupants can escape if a fire or other emergency should occur.
Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in a fire.
Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to gain access to your home or building.
You can help prevent winter weather-related home fires in your community with these safety tips. Be well and be safe!