The city of Geneva sent a news release this week that serves as a good reminder for many Kane County communities: Keep fire hydrants clear of snow this winter.
With 5 inches of snow falling this week and more on the way this weekend, the Geneva Fire Department wants to remind residents to clear out the closest fire hydrant to their house.
A fast and adequate water supply for the Fire Department can make the difference between minor damage and major destruction during a fire.
The city’s Public Works Department is aware of the hydrants and tries very hard to avoid covering them with plowed snow. However, the situation can be unavoidable on some streets, such as cul-de-sacs, where there is not much space to pile the snow between the driveways, mailboxes and fire hydrants.
Residents fortunate enough to have a hydrant in front of their house can do the Fire Department and themselves a huge favor by clearing a 3-foot by 3-foot area all the way around the hydrant to make them visible and accessible from the street.
For more information, call the Geneva Fire Department at 630-232-2530.
SOURCE: city of Geneva news release