Winter is Coming! Please Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow

It’s that time of the year, and it’s likely that we will see our share of snowfall this winter season. During snowstorms, snowplows may blanket many of our neighborhood fire hydrants, making it nearly impossible for the local fire departments to locate them quickly during an emergency situation. In the event of a fire, precious time is lost when firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them., 

The South Farmingdale Water District (SFWD) is asking local residents to be aware of any fire hydrants that may become buried during a snowstorm or after a snowplow comes through the neighborhood. 

SFWD is responsible for the maintenance of all 1,250 fire hydrants within our District, a public safety measure often taken for granted. Hydrants require regular painting to remain visible to firefighters. The District also routinely tests all hydrants for performance, inspects them for leaks and flushes them to maintain maximum pressure.

As members of the communities they serve, SFWD Water Commissioners are very aware of safety and operational issues that affect us all. They stated, “We have a deep sense of personal responsibility to our fellow neighbors and we thank all our consumers in advance for their cooperation in keeping fire hydrants visible this winter.”

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