Firefighters asking public to shovel around fire hydrants

February 21, 2019 06:18 PM

As the snow piles up, fire departments across Minnesota are asking residents to make sure fire hydrants near their homes are accessible.

According to St. Louis Park Fire Chief Steve Koering, firefighting is a business where seconds matter.


"If you consider that fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, a fire that would be contained to a simple room and contents can now become an entire floor or even a portion of the house," Koering said. 

Imagine firefighters arrive at your home and discovering that the hydrant is buried. They can't start putting the fire out until they dig the hydrant out.

The delay could cost you your home, or maybe even your life, firefighters said. Plus, it's also dangerous for firefighters wearing 45 pounds of gear to dig out a hydrant while worrying about a fire.

It took two firefighters almost two minutes to dig a buried fire hydrant out in St. Louis Park.

Koering said that's valuable time lost.

"And the message today is, if you have the time, take the time to clean the hydrant that's in front of your home, or clean out your neighbor's as well," Koering said.

St. Louis Park has an adopt-a-fire-hydrant program called Hydrant Heroes, if you're looking to help out.

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Kevin Doran

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