They’re not furry or cuddly, but adopt a fire hydrant for safety’s sake |

They’re not furry or cuddly, but adopt a fire hydrant for safety’s sake

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily TribuneMarty Creel, left, and Chris Hertel, both with South Lake Tahoe Fire Station No. 2, clear a fire hydrant on San Francisco Avenue. There are 840 hydrants within the city limits, and while the department clears snow when time allows, they encourage homeowners to keep their neighborhood hydrants clear.

Warm temperatures have been melting some of the abundant snowfall at Lake Tahoe, but snow remains piled high along the side of roads – and that means many fire hydrants are buried.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District is asking for the public’s help in uncovering the hydrants from the mounds of snow.

Firefighters warn that in the event of a fire, precious minutes could be lost if they have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them.

So the district is asking residents to “adopt” the fire hydrant closest to their business or residence and clear it of snow. Firefighters say hydrants need a 3-foot clearance on all sides with a clear path out to the road.

Residents also are reminded to watch out for vehicle traffic while shoveling, not to stand in the street and to be careful not to slip and fall into the roadway.

And in the warmer months, keeping hydrants free of overgrown grass and weeds also will help make the community safer.

For more information or to schedule a free fire-safety inspection, contact the Lake Valley Fire Protection District at (530) 577-3737.

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