2017-01-11 / Front Page

City Urges Property Owners; Clear Snow Around Hydrants

By Liz Goff
Officials at the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the FDNY are asking for help from the public to clear snow from fire hydrants throughout Queens and the other boroughs.

OEM officials issued the request during the snowstorm that dumped more than six inches of snow on parts of Queens on January 10.

“Snow covered fire hydrants are a potentially dangerous condition that may impede fire fighting operations,” authorities said. “The FDNY is asking property owners to help by clearing snow from fire hydrants in front or adjacent to their property.”

Property owners have been advised to keep watch over their sidewalks and shovel snow that has spilled from their curbside, snow that has been tossed by vehicle owners or others who disrupt the piles, a DOS spokesperson said. “If you hear someone playing in the snow outside your home, check to make sure they haven’t spread the snow,” the spokesperson said. “Make sure to keep your sidewalk clear.”

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