Letter: Reminds Shelton residents to clear fire hydrants, shovel sidewalks

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

The snow is beautiful but poses some dangers to all of us. The obvious problems are the slick roads which will facilitate more car mishaps and the increased side walk and parking lot falls where we can break bones, hips, and shoulders.

The other serious matter is fire hydrant that become frozen and are not readily accessible by fire personnel. Clearing snow from around the fire hydrants is an important task. This heavy snow is not going to melt away anytime soon.

Fire hydrants covered in snow which will eventually freeze around them makes them much less accessible to fire fighters in an emergency. Fire apparatus have a limited water supply onboard. A fire can double its size and intensity every two to three minutes so it is critical to have a ready source of water available.

Our volunteer firefighters would appreciate your assistance to clear a small path to the hydrants adjacent to your home and to remove snow from the top of the hydrant and the front and two sides where fire hose connections are made. Removing the snow from the top of the hydrant and just several inches below these three hubs will ensure a connection is able to be made much more quickly.

Shoveling snow is not for everyone and should always be done cautiously and by persons who are physically able to do so.

If you can't accomplish this task safely ask a neighbor or younger family member to assist you.

It is also important to have large reflective house numbers on your mail box and your home that can be seen easily from the road. The cost of the numbers in less than $5 but will assist emergency personnel to locate you and your home much more easily in times of an emergency.

Many thanks to our first responders who stand watch 24/7/365 for all of us.

Anthony F. Simonetti

Alderman, 1st Ward