Maple Grove Firefighters are urging businesses and residents to dig out fire hydrants to ensure crews can find and use them when they need to.
At this point in the winter season, some fire hydrants are basically buried — and not in fluffy snow. The freeze-thaw has left some encased in solid ice. For the firefighters responding to emergencies where time is precious, that can become a dangerous obstacle.
There are approximately 4,500 fire hydrants in the city of Maple Grove. Water utility workers are driving down streets in the city looking for buried hydrants that are not next to a house or business and marking them for firefighters. But there are just not enough employees to go to every fire hydrant to dig every fire hydrant out.
Residents should also take note that snow and the piling of snow can block exits from buildings and homes that may be needed in the event of a fire or emergency. Snow blocking these exits needs to be removed so people can escape from a fire if a first way out is blocked by flames and smoke.
In addition to exits, residents should check the windows in their bedrooms to be sure they are not frozen shut. A few minutes today could be lifesaving tomorrow.