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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Adopt-a-Hydrant

Fire Hydrant

In the event of a fire emergency during the winter, could firefighters find the hydrant near your home? The Fox Point Water Utility encourages residents to 'adopt a fire hydrant' near their home and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season. 

Clear Snow From Hydrant

Please make it a point to uncover your fire hydrant after every snowfall. While DPW and Water Utility staff will work to clear snow from hydrants, we are not always able to get to all of them because there are 436 fire hydrants in the Village of Fox Point and it could take up to two weeks to remove snow from around every hydrant in the community after a single snow fall.  When there are multiple snow events a week on top of water main breaks and other regular day-to-day tasksremoval of snow by Village staff isn’t always possible. This is why we ask our residents to ‘adopt a fire hydrant’ near their home.  Clear a path approximately 3 feet around the hydrant. This gives the fire department room to work with this hydrant should the need arise.

Please consider helping a neighbor who is elderly or has a medical condition by shoveling out a hydrant in front of their home. This act of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood.

Importance of Program

Water is the principal agent used by the Fire Department to control and extinguish fires. Delays in locating and hooking-up to a fire hydrant can seriously hamper a fire suppression operation, raising the risk of injury and possibly resulting in additional property damage.

The Adopt-a-Hydrant program is an informal program; therefore it is not necessary to advise the Water Utility or Fire Department about which hydrants you will be keeping clear of snow. On behalf of the entire Water Utility, DPW and the Fire Department, thank you for keeping the Fox Point fire hydrants clear of snow and keeping our community (and your neighborhood) safe!

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