posted on January 08, 2014 08:26
Batavia Fire Dept. News Release
In a fire seconds count, with 680 fire hydrants within the city it will take days for fire crews to clear out each hydrant. We are asking for your help by removing snow from nearby fire hydrants. City Fire officials are urging those who are able to do so, to shovel snow away from fire hydrants in case access to them is needed in an emergency. The extra minute removing snow from around fire hydrants my save your home or your neighbor's.
We recommend clearing a path from the street to the hydrant, then three feet around the hydrant on the remaining three sides. Snow should not be shoveled into the street, firefighters added.
Also, please be sure to clear snow from Furnace and Dryer Vents, keep outside furnace, hot water and dryer vents clear of drifting snow to prevent flue gases from backing up into the home and creating a carbon monoxide hazard.