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CR "adopt a hydrant" winter program under way

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CEDAR RAPIDS (news release) -- The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging people and community businesses to adopt their neighborhood fire hydrants to keep them dug out from the snow.

The winter months, which typically see an increase in the number of house fires, bring a special concern to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department.  Significant snow accumulation and drifts can hide fire hydrants making them impossible to find quickly.  

In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before being able to connect to them.  Precious time is lost locating and digging out the hydrants.

The Fire Department is asking citizens and community businesses to keep the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow.  It is best to have a 3 foot clearance on all sides of the hydrant. 

When shoveling snow, please be aware of vehicle traffic.  Do not stand in the street and use caution so that you do not slip and fall into the roadway.

There are nearly 4,800 public fire hydrants and about 1,800 private fire hydrants in the City limits. 

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