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With shovel in hand, resident takes fire chief’s advice to heart

Clearing a path around snowy hydrants can save precious time

Princeton resident Scott Piper shoveled the deep snow away from his neighborhood fire hydrant near Lincoln and Homer streets to provide easy access to firefighters in the event of a fire.
Princeton resident Scott Piper shoveled the deep snow away from his neighborhood fire hydrant near Lincoln and Homer streets to provide easy access to firefighters in the event of a fire.

PRINCETON — After last week’s heavy snowfall, Princeton resident Scott Piper shared photos of a fire hydrant near his home where he cleared away the snow.

The fire hydrant is located near the corner of Lincoln and Homer streets.

Piper said this was the first time he’d cleared snow from around the hydrant after watching a news story on the television and reading an article in the Bureau County Republican submitted by Princeton Fire Chief Chuck Woolley reminding residents to be more aware of the fire hydrants on their blocks during heavy snowfall.

“Every second counts, and when they can’t get to it, it does make a big difference on the outcome of the fire,” Piper said.

Piper also made a call to the city’s water department, and crew members brought out a marker to put on the hydrant that makes it easier to see from the road. He encourages more residents to keep a lookout for their neighborhood’s fire hydrant during the next heavy snowfall.

In Woolley’s release regarding fire hydrants during heavy snow, he stated 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. Firefighters who must first shovel snow from hydrants waste valuable time.

Princeton Fire Department recommends clearing a 3-foot area around the hydrant for easier access. It’s also suggested to maintain a shoveled path from the street, sidewalk or driveway to the fire hydrant so that it is visible from the road and firefighters can easily access it.

Residents are asked to consider helping elderly friends, neighbors or those with medical conditions to keep their fire hydrants cleared, as well.

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