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In the midst of winter snowstorms, such as those we have recently suffered, buried fire hydrants can cause dangerous delays for firefighters; but having Township of Livingston employees check and clear all 1,500 hydrants would be a timely, costly and burdensome process. Department of Public Works (DPW) employees are clearing as many as possible but it is a time-consuming. Hydrants can quickly become covered from snowfall, snow pushed by plows or thrown by snowblowers. If you live near a hydrant that is buried in snow, you can help out by clearing the area around it. Fire Chief Chris Mullin urges residents to clear snow away from hydrants so the hydrants are visible and accessible at all times. He recommends clearing the snow around the hydrant three feet in each direction and down to the ground to assure accessibility in an emergency.

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