RESIDENTS ASKED TO HELP FIRE DEPARTMENT BY CLEARING SNOW FROM FIRE HYDRANTS

 

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As the snow continues to accumulate in northern Ohio, the Middleburg Heights Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in digging out the city’s fire hydrants. “The Middleburg Heights Fire Department continuously sends out crews to dig out fire hydrants in the snow; however, there is no way for us to get to all of them. In an emergency, quick access to a hydrant is imperative to assisting us in trying to save your life or the life of a family member,” said Fire Chief Briant Galgas. We are asking residents and business owners when shoveling your sidewalk; please take a few extra minutes to dig out at least a foot around the hydrant. Then remove the snow all the way down to the ground and out to the street. This will allow fire fighters access to the hydrant. Try to clear enough snow to make the hydrant visible. With this week’s snowfall and subsequent plowing, hydrants could be buried under hard, compacted snow. “Even assistance in locating the hydrants under the snow right now is appreciated,” said Galgas. If you know where a fire hydrant is near your home, your neighbor’s home, or at work, offer to adopt that hydrant and keep it cleared of snow. It could save a life, your home, or your place of work.