Clear Fire Hydrants of Snow! Help Keep Your Neighborhood Safe!


Winter weather can create fire safety hazards, such as ice or heavy snowfall that can obstruct fire hydrants.  You can help reduce the risk by keeping fire hydrants accessible and clear of ice and snow.  In an emergency, every second counts.  Fire hydrants that are blocked, concealed, or difficult to access due to snow or ice can and will impede emergency fire response.

Fire trucks carry a limited amount of water, so one of the first tasks upon arriving at a fire is to locate a water supply from the nearest hydrant.  Hydrants covered in snow can be difficult to locate, and uncovering them can waste valuable time needed to fight the fire.  Keeping them clear can mean easier access to water and more time doing what really matters – fighting the fire.

While on patrol, Officer Gallagher found several hydrants in the Grandview Heights neighborhood of Manheim Township and took the time to improve the safety for those residents.

Property owners who have fire hydrants in their yard or right-of-way should clear an area no less than 3 feet around the hydrant and an open path that goes completely to the plowed street.  See the image below as a guide.  Let's all do our part to stay safe!

MEDIA POST CONTACT: Lieutenant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130,