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Fire Chief: Clear the Snow from Your Hydrant or Well

Reminder to residents throughout the town to lend a hand.

While you may be concerned about getting your car out of the driveway and shoveling the walk so your neighbor doesn't slip and fall, don't forget about the fire hydrants.

In an emergency, when every second count, it's very important that the fire department has immediate access to hydrants.

Springs Fire Department Chief Ben Miller is asking for his community's help in clearing the hydrants of snow, but it's a good reminder no matter where you live.

Springs firefighters are planning on going out on Sunday at 1 p.m. to clear the fire hydrants and wells in their district. "Please lend us a hand and clear the snow away from any fire hydrant/well that may be in front of your home," he said.

He recommends clearing the hydrant to the road in front of it and at least 3 to 4 inches on each side.

So whether you live in East Hampton, Montauk, Amagansett, Sag Harbor, or Bridgehampton's fire district, clear the snow away from your hydrant or well.

Let us know if you've cleared your hydrant or well or if you've noticed others in your neighbor lending a hand too. Leave a comment below.

Taylor K. Vecsey February 10, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Excellent, Jeff. I know the FD appreciates the help and they'll be able to respond that much faster if, God forbid, they had to.
Susan Blair February 10, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I haven't thought about this since moving to our present location. Does this mean if there's no hydrant nearby the FD would use the well on the property as the water source to put out a fire?
Steven Tekulsky February 10, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Fire Departments do not use private wells that provide water to your house. Fire Departments use hydrants, fire wells and fire cisterns (holding tanks for water) as their sources for water, as well as tankers that carry large amounts of water and other trucks that carry smaller amounts of water.
Taylor K. Vecsey February 10, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Thank you to former East Hampton Fire Department chief Steve Tekulsky for answering Susan's question.
ViralGrain February 11, 2013 at 06:50 AM
People should be help accountable in having to remove the snow from around any fire hydrant in fornt of their homes and keep them clear. This shouldn't even be an issue. They reap the benefits with their home owner insurance but don't want to take any responsibility for the benefit or the lives it could save or the deaths it may cause. Just another example of this arrogant self entitlement attitude we got going on in the Hamptons. If they fail to do so they should be fined. No exception. Its a matter of life and death that those things be free and accessible. Its not fair that volunteers have to take the responsibility of going around and and clearing them off or tax payer's paid highway workers either. They get the insurance break they get to maintain the accessibility or get fined.

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