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Dodge
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join:2002-11-27
reply to IowaCowboy

Re: [Landscaping] Clearing out hydrants in snow

That doesn't look wide enough to help the fire department.


nonymous
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join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ

said by Dodge:

That doesn't look wide enough to help the fire department.

Here in no snow fire guys are built. My wife says so.
But yes there they now can see the hydrant and connect even trudging through snow.
I bet is mostly seeing it and not randomly digging for it. Plus yes not markers as take time.


LazMan
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join:2003-03-26
canada

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reply to Dodge

said by Dodge:

That doesn't look wide enough to help the fire department.

That's more then enough room... 2' on either side is enough for us to be able to connect, although a little more makes it easier. We'd be VERY happy to have that much space at many hydrants.

Case in point, we had a house fire last night; in the country, we had to truck water in from the closest hydrant.

The hydrant was under close to 3 feet of snow - we were 5 minutes digging to get enough exposed to use. In this particular case, didn't really impact anything, as we had 5000 gallons of water in the trucks to start, but it could have... In the inital phases, a fire doubles in size every minute; so 5 minutes to dig out a hydrant can let a small fire turn into a pretty damn big one.

Around here, it's the home-owner's responsiblity to clear hydrants, although the road's staff and FD will help if a senior or disabled person call's in; or if confitions get unusually bad...


ropeguru
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join:2001-01-25
Mechanicsville, VA
reply to Dodge

Plenty wide.