Reminder: Clear out your fire hydrants

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As you work to shovel out your sidewalk and driveway, firefighters are asking you to take a step that could save your house.

After snowfalls, when called to a fire, firefighters say they often are forced to spend valuable minutes searching for and digging out fire hydrants. By digging out hydrants near your home, you can help save firefighters save time shoveling and get directly to knocking down flames.

Firefighters recommend residents dig out a three-foot perimeter around the hydrant along with a path from the hydrant to the street.

In Rochester, the city has an “Adopt-a-Hydrant” program, urging residents to take responsibility for hydrants near them.

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