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DIG THIS: YOUR FIRE HYDRANT NEEDS A HAND


Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Fire hydrants don't call attention to themselves; you may barely notice yours from day to day. But with significant snowfall, and temperatures rising and falling, hydrants across the state are becoming encased in hard snow and ice - a situation that can turn trouble into tragedy if a fire occurs.

Given that residential fires are most common during the heating season, the State Fire Marshal encourages everyone to know where their nearest fire hydrant is and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter.

Deputy State Fire Marshal and Eden Prairie firefighter Becki White has fought fires in the winter, and knows the frustration of opening frozen hydrants. "No one wants to watch their belongings go up in flames while firefighters dig out a hydrant buried in snow."

According to White, fire hydrants are located according to local standards and nationally recognized practices. Requirements may be based on zoning, occupancy or construction type. If your nearest hydrant is buried in snow, the fire department can help locate it. A flag or a pole may be used to mark its location for future reference.

As an incentive to care for your hydrant, the State Fire Marshal has made this offer - dig out the fire hydrant, take a picture of it, and send the photo to dps.facebook.state.mn.us. Selected photos will be posted on the SFM Facebook site.

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