Five minutes of shoveling could save a life

Posted at 8:04 AM, Feb 17, 2016

Is the fire hydrant in front of your home or apartment cleared off.

"Those are precious minutes," Erie County Deputy Fire Coordinator Tiger Schmittendorf said. "We may need that to get to you or your loved one."

Several different fire departments are reminding neighbors to make sure they clear their hydrants to keep everyone in the community safe.

"We want to make sure that it's clear of snow or anything else blocking our way, costing us precious time to get to you."

In Buffalo alone there are more than 3,000 hydrants. Firefighters have told 7 Eyewitness News multiple times that a clear hydrant when they arrive to a call could save a life.

Our crew hit the streets today and found several hydrants completely covered in snow but even more that had been partially cleared.

Remember, when you do clear the hydrant leave three feet on all sides to assure crews can easily get to the hydrant.

An easy way to measure three feet is the length between the handle and base of most shovels.