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updated: 1/7/2014 10:13 AM

Palatine asks people to dig out hydrants so they're accessible in a fire

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  • This is a snow-covered fire hydrant in Palatine.

    This is a snow-covered fire hydrant in Palatine.
    Photo courtesy Palatine Fire Department

Submitted by Palatine Fire Department

Snowfall, combined with the snow plowed from the roadways, often impedes accessibility to fire hydrants. The Palatine Fire Department is asking residents and business owners to help dig out some of the 3,557 fire hydrants located in Palatine.

Should there be a fire in the area, precious time is lost as firefighters work to locate hydrants and shovel away the snow and ice before the fire hydrant can be used. During a fire, time is critical and every second counts. The extra minutes that a firefighter spends digging out a hydrant can make a significant difference in how quickly a fire can be extinguished and damage limited.

Please consider "adopting" a hydrant or two closest to your home or business this winter by keeping them clear of snow. Snow should be removed about three feet in all directions with a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the roadway.

Exercise caution when shoveling because of potential vehicle traffic. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall into the roadway.

If you identify a damaged or leaking hydrant, call the Palatine Public Works Department at (847) 705-5200.