With winter upon us, the City of Brookfield Fire Department would like to remind residents and property owners that a clearly visible, accessible fire hydrant prevents valuable property loss and more importantly—saves lives. If a fire hydrant is buried underneath snow and ice, firefighters lose critical time locating and digging it out. Residents and property owners are performing an essential public service by clearing away any snow and ice on and around fire hydrants near their homes and businesses.
With more snow surely on its way, we suggest the following guidelines:
Remember, fire hydrants can become inoperable in freezing temperatures and the closest hydrant may not be operable during a fire. Know the location of all fire hydrants near your home and business and ensure that all are clearly visible and accessible.
Clear away any snow and ice three feet in every direction around the fire hydrant to allow for easy access and room for firefighting equipment.
Work with your neighbors to ensure that all fire hydrants are properly cleared of snow and ice, and offer a helping hand to the elderly and handicapped in your neighborhood with their hydrants.
Please take some time after each snowfall to provide vital assistance to your fire department and its mission to provide exceptional fire protection. Your dedication to our community is greatly appreciated!
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at (262) 782-8932.