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By Deputy Chief Frank Musorrafiti
February 13, 2024

Just a friendly reminder that it is the responsibility of the residents who have a fire hydrant on their property to maintain the area around it. Town of Greenburgh Code requires a 3-foot clear space be maintained around every hydrant to allow our firefighters access to work in all directions around the hydrant in order to hook up hoses and operate the valves and caps in the event of an emergency. A fire hydrant buried in snow can mean the difference between losing a house, possessions, or persons to the devastating effects of a fire.

It is important to follow this code year round. Keeping the hydrant on your property clear and accessible is critical to fire operations, and can save valuable time during an emergency if our firefighters need to use it.

Do not store objects or place items like posts, fences, vehicles or landscaping near the hydrant. When the wintertime snows hits, maintain the 3-foot minimum clearance around the hydrant by shoveling snow away from the area.

Always remember, although shoveling snow is great exercise, it can cause additional stress on those with heart conditions. Take breaks, let a neighbor help, or hire a professional!

Thank you for keeping your fire hydrants clear and visible.

Stay safe!

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