Norwalk, Conn. (WTNH) – With several more weeks of winter and the possibility of more snow on the way, the Norwalk Fire Department is asking residents to clear snow from fire hydrants closest to their homes and businesses.
There are nearly 1500 fire hydrants in Norwalk, and while firefighting crews continue to remove snow daily, it could take several days or longer to clear all them all.
In order to efficiently open a hydrant valve, a clear space both in front and behind the hydrant is needed. The NFD advises that residents clear a three-foot circle around the hydrant, as well as a clear path to the street in order to allow firefighters to have immediate access to water.
Norwalk Fire Department’s Deputy Director, Michele DeLuca, also asks that people take the time to clear hydrants for friends, family members or neighbors who may have medical conditions, disabilities, or may be too elderly to do so themselves.
“This act of kindness,” she says, “will benefit the entire neighborhood.”