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Published December 30, 2009, 10:07 PM

Clearing Your Fire Hydrant

It's that yellow fire hydrant that maybe in your yard or across the street that you may forget about and if you forget to help clear your hydrant it may take longer to put out a fire in your neighborhood.

Now that the snow has stop falling for now and you continuing to shovel out your driveway. You may want to take a few more minutes to shovel one more place.

It's that yellow fire hydrant that maybe in your yard or across the street that you may forget about and if you forget to help clear your hydrant it may take longer to put out a fire in your neighborhood.

Shoveling out your fire hydrant may not be the first thing that comes to mind when cleaning off your sidewalk or driveway. But with so many in town, its hard for the city to keep up with the cleaning.

Rick Colter/Battalion Chief: "With 3600 hydrants scattered around the city and we can keep up with all of them, it would be a lot easier if you live in a neighbor hood or home close to a hydrant to get out there and shovel"

Jamie Ness is a resident with a hydrant in his yard and he says keeping his hydrant clear of snow is important.

Jamie Ness/Grand Forks: "With these older houses we have had fires down here the past few years so i think its important at least on our corner here i try took keep ours open."

Keeping your hydrant clear of snow will allow crews from the fire department to get access to them quicker.

Rick Colter/Battalion Chief: "If we need additional water we are going to have to rely on the hydrant and its not shoveled out we will have to send two guys to shovel it out and that increased that chance of damage and injury."

The best way the fire department says you can help is clear out a 360 degree circle around your fire hydrant so that all spickets are clear.

Mark Aubol/ Streets Superintendent: "If our guys happen to spot the top of a fire hydrant we will either try and dig it out the best we can on that berm or we will can the water department and they need to flag it and dig it out."

The cities fire and water departments are out trying to clear the hydrants around the city. But by helping out you can reduce the risk of further damage or injury of a fire.

Jamie Ness/Grand Forks: "If your next door neighbor house catches on fire it can cause a lot of damage in the neighborhood if you don't have the fire hydrant open."

The city or the fire department does not obligate you to clean around your fire hydrant, but any help is appreciated.

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