If you have a fire hydrant near your home, the Eau Claire Fire Department is asking that you keep it cleared. There are 3,400 hydrants within city limits.
But it's not up to plow drivers to avoid piling snow up around them. The adopt-a-hydrant program is voluntary, and makes firefighters' jobs easier during a fire.
"Those hydrants are our main water supply in a structure fire, so time is critical in those situations," says Deputy Chief David Gee. "If those hydrants are snowed under, are not visible, it takes time to first find them and then clear them."
Gee asks that if you adopt the hydrant in your neighborhood, shovel three feet on either side of it, and make it accessible from the roadway.