Tue, 11 Feb 2014
The Oakville Fire department is reminding residents and businesses to clear snow and ice from fire hydrants on or near their property to ensure the hydrants are visible from the street and accessible to firefighters.
“Clear and quick access to a fire hydrant can save precious time during an emergency,” said Oakville Fire Chief Lee Grant. “We need help from the community to make sure hydrants are kept clear, especially after heavy snowfalls.”
Ideally, there should be a three-foot clearance around the hydrant to allow firefighters enough room to connect the hoses.
Private contractors clearing snow from commercial parking lots and driveways should be extra careful not to bury hydrants.
While it is the responsibility of property owners to clear snow away from fire hydrants on private property, residents who are elderly or physically unable to clear the snow can call Halton Region at 905-825-6000 for assistance.
Public Education/Special Projects Officer
Fire Prevention Division
Oakville Fire Department
905-845-6601, ext. 3602