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Firefighters ask residents to clear snow from hydrants

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 11:06 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Fire Department is encouraging residents to “adopt” a fire hydrant as snow and ice slow down response times.

Locating and connecting to fire hydrants quickly is critical as fires can double in size for every minute that is lost, according to a press release from the department. With snow and ice covering many hydrants, it can become hard for firefighters to gain access.

Fire officials are asking residents to locate nearby hydrants and clear snow from the area. Snow needs to be removed at least two feet around each hydrant and to the street in order to make room for a clear hose connection.

As firefighters respond to more car crashes, medical emergencies and fires because of the wintry conditions, it makes it impossible to clear the nearly 3,000 hydrants located in the city.

– Northwest Herald

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