Plainview, N.Y.—Winter is here and so are colder temperatures for the next couple of months. The Plainview Water District (PWD) would like to remind residents about the importance of keeping fire hydrants throughout the Plainview-Old Bethpage community clear of snow and other winter debris. Hydrants that remain free of snow and ice can save first responders precious time when responding to an emergency situation.
“The colder temperatures are here and serve as a great reminder to our residents and business owners of the importance of ensuring hydrants throughout the community are kept clear this winter,” said PWD Chairman Marc Laykind. “Keeping fire hydrants clear at all times allows the fire department to have uncompromised access in the case of an emergency.”
Residents are encouraged to “adopt” a nearby hydrant so there is a dedicated person responsible in keeping it clear during a snowstorm as well as reporting any potential issues. Clearing three feet of snow around the hydrant will allow firefighters to not only identify their locations with ease, but also provide uninterrupted access during a potential emergency.
“The POB community’s safety is our top priority, which is why we ask residents to not overlook the importance of this simple task,” said PWD Commissioner Andrew Bader. “We encourage residents to be aware of where the nearest fire hydrant to your home is and to do your part in helping keep our neighbors safe.”
The District is also asking its residents to consider providing assistance to any friends, family members, or neighbors who are not able to clear their own hydrants. Those who leave their homes for the winter season are asked to please notify a neighbor who can ensure a hydrant is still cleared in their absence.
“Emergencies can occur at any point, which is why this initiative is so important,” said PWD Commissioner Michael Chad. “We can never predict when a fire hydrant is going to be needed, so we must ensure they remain easily accessible for our fire department at all times. In the event of an emergency, every second counts and completing this simple task can save emergency responders precious moments.”
If you have questions about preparing your home’s water system for the winter or general inquiries about your water service, please call 516-931-6469 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers of the Plainview Water District are also encouraged to sign up to receive updates by visiting www.plainviewwater.org. Follow the Plainview Water District on Facebook at www.facebook.com/plainviewwater.