Letters to the editor for Jan. 14 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letters to the editor for Jan. 14

I noticed with some surprise that after the big storms, all of the fire hydrants along my route were hidden under snowbanks. I’ve lived in snow country before, where residents were encouraged to dig out any hydrant near their property. In the event of fire, precious minutes would be saved by having water immediately available for fire suppression.

While it is true that some of the fire engines carry their own supply of water, I would prefer to see fire personnel extinguishing flames rather than digging out a buried hydrant while the fire crackles and spreads.

It is unreasonable to expect the city to clear space around every fire hydrant following a big storm. I strongly suggest that residents who are physically able to do so remove snow from around their hydrants. Start shoveling! You and your neighbors may be glad you made the effort. And we all will appreciate your efforts.

Penny Fairfield

South Lake Tahoe

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