Bethel Fire Marshal Reminds Residents to “Adopt A Hydrant”

Bethel Fire Marshal Reminds Residents to “Adopt A Hydrant”


From Bethel Fire Marshal Thomas Galliford–

“Reminder to “Adopt a Fire Hydrant” this winter.  As the snow piles up outside, please locate the closest fire hydrant to your property and shovel the snow from around it.  Most hydrants do have marker flags, but valuable time can be lost in digging out the snow from it during a fire.”

Editor’s note: According to Fire Engineering‘s website:

“The public thinks the fire department is responsible for the clearing fire hydrants. On average, it takes 20 minutes to dig out a hydrant. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards require hydrants every 1,000 feet for a building smaller than 3,600 square feet, and the duration of the water flow must be two hours or more. The first-arriving fire engine must establish fire flow water within four minutes.” ~ Scott Freeman
The National Fire Protection Association also recommends the following tips for winter fire safety:

Be safe and warm this winter

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable sapce heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.

For more information about how to keep your family and community safe this winter please click here.




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