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Keep your Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow
In the case of a fire emergency, every second is crucial for first responders. During the winter, with the amount of snow New Hampshire and New England has received, responding to fire emergencies is more challenging than usual. Roads are more narrow, access to homes is limited by snow, and fast travel can be difficult.
However, for fire emergencies, blocked fire hydrants are the biggest impediment to fast response. Fire trucks only carry a limited amount of water. Without quick access to a fire hydrant, the firefighters on the scene will run out of water and will not be able to put out fires fast enough.
The town of Concord has started an initiative to get hydrants clear which has really helped out over the last couple weeks. However, as more snow comes down, this snow will be pushed into the hydrants, which can re-bury them. The most important thing you can do is keep an eye out for the hydrant close to your home and do your part. If you notice it getting buried, shovel it out so that catastrophe will be avoided.
Supervise at All Times Around Water
Supervise your kids at all times when they are around or in the water. Don't assume that just because your child took swimming lessons or is using a flotation device such as an inner tube or inflatable raft that there's no drowning risk.
If you're at a party, it's especially easy to become distracted, so designate an adult who will be responsible for watching the children.