Local fire departments are reminding all Capital Region
residents to clear the snow surrounding fire hydrants near homes.
Shoveling the snow and ice several feet around fire hydrants
can ensure a quick response in case of a fire.
Albany Fire Chief Robert Forezzi said firefighters regularly
clear out the snow surrounding hydrants but encourage residents to clear out
any hydrants near their homes. Residents may also call the fire department for
assistance if they are unable to clear the hydrant themselves.