Make sure to keep hydrants clear of snow

(News Publishing Inc. photo by Linda Schwanke)

Fire hydrants must be kept clear of snow and ice, like the one seen here, for the safety of all. Homeowners closest to hydrants are traditionally responsible but that doesn’t mean others can’t pitch in with a shovel if they see a hydrant that needs clearing. A clear hydrant can save precious seconds when a department responds to a call, which is why it’s so important to keep hydrants clear.

Fire departments also encourage everyone to make sure they have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes and ensure they are in working order with functioning batteries. There should be one detector in each bedroom and one on every level of the home, including the basement.

Also be sure to keep furnace exhausts and dryer events clear of snow and ice.