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Fix It: Shovel out those fire hydrants

Resident responsibility a crucial help to fire departments


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BY BRIAN PASSINO
fixit@kenoshanews.com


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Today’s problem: Fix It covered a house fire on December 12 in the 7900 block of 21st Avenue.

With the arrival of winter and the recent snowstorms, it occurred to Fix It that it would be a good idea for people to check for fire hydrants in their neighborhoods and make an effort to see that they are shoveled out to keep access open for the Fire Deptartment.

Two other fires last Friday, one on the second floor of a single family home and the other in the kitchen of an apartment in complex on the south side of town, underscore this point.

Fix It called Kenosha Fire Department Deputy Chief John J. Poltrock to ask about snow and hydrants.

City Fire Department comments: Poltrock said that the Fire Dept. “Certainly encourages all citizens with fire hydrants adjoining their property to keep the area around the hydrant free and clear of snow. That can save valuable time in an emergency.”

Poltrock said clearing a 3-foot area on each side of the hydrant would be a good start.

Because really, if they’re coming to your house, wouldn’t you want them to be able to charge a fire hose line as soon as possible?

Send your ideas our way: If you have an idea for a future Fix It, please send an ever-so pleasant note to Fix It at: fixit@kenoshanews.com or call Brian Passino at 656-6330 and select extension 3.


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