Help the Fire Department Protect You: Shovel Fire Hydrants

The following information was submitted by the Stoneham Fire Department.

Our neighbors in Stoneham sent over advice on how to stay safe during this storm and help firefighters and other emergency workers.

“In a fire seconds count,” Stoneham Fire Chief Joe Rolli said, “So help your fire department protect you and your neighbors by removing snow from nearby fire hydrants.” Fire officials are urging those who are able to do so, to shovel snow away from fire hydrants in case to access them is needed quickly.

Clear Snow from Furnace and Dryer Vents Keep outside furnace, hot water and dryer vents clear of drifting snow, to prevent flue gases from backing up into the home and creating a carbon monoxide hazard.

Clear Snow from Vehicle Tailpipes.

Last winter, two children from Boston died from carbon monoxide while sitting inside running vehicles where the tailpipe was clogged with snow. Doctors from the Boston Public Health Commission have created an educational video on CO poisoning that addresses this particular risk. 


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