LYNNFIELD — As snow returned to Lynnfield several times over the past week, and ahead of cold temperatures and more forecasted snow, the Lynnfield Center Water District is asking residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants during and after storms.
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 and dig it out 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 ask that all residents be mindful of the locations of fire hydrants in their neighborhoods as we work our way through the last weeks of winter,” Superintendent John Scenna said. “By being proactive and shoveling out hydrants when you shovel your driveways and sidewalks, you can save valuable time in the event firefighters need to access them in an emergency.”
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The Lynnfield Center Water District 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 around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.
- Residents are also urged to look out for elderly or disabled neighbors by taking a few extra minutes to shovel out their hydrants as well if needed.
- If you need assistance and there is simply too much snow, contact the LCWD office at 781-334-3901 or email us at [email protected] to request assistance.