01/12/11 Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is asking citizens in areas affected by the winter storm, to assist fire departments in clearing snow from around hydrants.

“While fire departments are working hard to clear hydrants, they are also busy responding to fire and medical emergencies,” says Greeson. “We need citizens to join this effort so firefighters can more quickly find and access the hydrants in an emergency. While shoveling your driveway or digging out your vehicle, take a few extra minutes to clear any nearby fire hydrants. This assistance could save time, property and lives in an emergency.”

Greeson also reminds Hoosiers to make sure house numbers are clear and visible. “Blowing snow can cover house numbers. Take a few minutes to brush them off and make sure the numbers are readable so emergency response personnel can quickly identify your location in an emergency.”

The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office is a division of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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