Make sure the fire hydrants are cleared of snow

Snow covered hydrants near Palmer fire made it difficult for firefighters

A fire hydrant remains buried on School Street Monday. (Photo by The Westfield News/Frederick Gore)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is working for you with an important reminder to dig out fire hydrants in your neighborhood, especially the ones near your home.

After the deadly fire on Pleasant Street in Palmer on Monday, Fire Chief Alan Roy told 22News the hydrants near the apartment building that caught fire were not cleared of snow. That made it more difficult for crews to put out the flames.

Abigail Serrano of Springfield said it’s something she never forgets to do. “If they’ve been living there for a while and there is one, I don’t think it’s that easy to forget there is one there. It’s important. It would be on your mind to remember there’s a fire hydrant there.”

Some hydrants have a special reflective extension poll to help you find the hydrant in case it’s completely snowed in.

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