As the snow continues to accumulate in Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Fire Department and Saint Paul Regional Water Services are asking for the public’s help in digging out the city’s more than 7,000 fire hydrants.
In an emergency, being able to get to fire hydrants easily can save lives as well as property. The fire department regularly sends out crews to dig out Saint Paul’s fire hydrants and SPRWS has created an updated map of all hydrant locations, but with more than 7,000 throughout the city, they cannot get to them all. We need everyone’s help in making the hydrants accessible and visible.
Difficulty finding or clearing a fire hydrant can pose serious problems for fire fighters in the midst of an emergency. Trucks carry 500 gallons of water, but in a serious situation, they can pump more than 1,000 gallons a minute per truck. In larger fires, several trucks pumping this volume of water is required, and fire hydrants are needed to deliver that life-saving water.
When shoveling your sidewalk, take the extra time to dig out at least a foot around the hydrant down to the ground and out to the street. This will allow fire fighters access to the hydrant.
Try to clear enough snow to make the hydrant visible. With snowfall and subsequent plowing, hydrants could be buried under hard, compacted snow.
If you know where a fire hydrant is near your home, your neighbor’s home, or at work, offer to adopt that hydrant and keep it cleared of snow. It could save a life, your home, or your place of work.