Minot Fire Department asking residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants

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MINOT, N.D. - The Minot Fire Department is asking residents to clear snow away from nearby fire hydrants.

In case of an emergency, firefighters need to be able to get to a hydrant quickly and access the water. Shoveling the snow out beforehand can help the firefighters do their job and potentially save a life.

“Minutes matter when there's a fire and we could spend a lot of time digging around a hydrant, a lot of hydrants are a lot of work to open anyway, they're kind of stiff and hard to open. So any amount of time that we can save helps us a lot,” said Glen Hardy, battalion chief.

The department says to make a clear path from the street to the hydrant and then a three-foot working radius around it so firefighters have access to the connectors.