PLYMOUTH — In preparation of this week’s potentially significant snowfall, Chief G. Edward Bradley is asking residents to assist members of Plymouth Fire Department in clearing snow away from fire hydrants during and after the storm.
The department reminds residents that clearly visible, accessible fire hydrants can save homes and lives in the event of a fire. If a fire hydrant is lost or buried in snow, firefighters can lose valuable time trying to locate it when they first arrive at a scene.
Residents can perform a valuable public service and protect themselves, their families and their neighbors by taking responsibility for shoveling out and clearing any fire hydrants near their home during and after a snowstorm.
“We would like to urge all residents to help us clear away the snow from the fire hydrants near their homes and businesses to ensure our firefighters can easily access them should the need arise,” Chief Bradley said. “This quick bit of prevention could prove to be life-saving in the event of a fire during the course of this coming storm, or any future storm.”
To view the National Weather Service’s forecast for Plymouth, click here.
The Plymouth Fire Department shares the following tips with residents:
- Know the location of all fire hydrants in your neighborhood.
- Make sure they are shoveled clear after each snowfall.
- Clear away any snow and ice in the area surrounding fire hydrants.
- Clear the snow three feet all around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.
- Residents are also urged to look out for elderly or handicap neighbors by taking a few extra minutes to shovel out their hydrants as well if needed.
To locate fire hydrants in the town, Plymouth residents can follow this link to a GIS map on the Town’s webpage. To find hydrants on a specific street, click on “Zoom to Address,” select a street from the list and press “go,” then select a house number and press “go.” All fire hydrants will appear as red dots. Additionally, all storm water drains will appear as green dots.