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The Palatine Fire Department Needs Your Help Clearing Fire Hydrants

January 6, 2014

The Palatine Fire Department Needs Your Help Clearing Fire Hydrants

Snowfall, combined with the snow plowed from the roadways, often impedes accessibility to fire hydrants. With that in mind, 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 (3) feet away from the hydrant in all directions with a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the roadway. Please exercise caution when shoveling because of potential for vehicle traffic nearby. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway.

If you identify a damaged or leaking fire hydrant, please call the Palatine Public Works at 847-705-5200 to report it.



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