"A clearly visible, accessible fire hydrant could save your home, and even your life."
This is the message that the Town of Berlin Fire Departments is getting out in the snowstorm's early hours.
"If a fire hydrant is lost or buried in snow, firefighters can lose valuable time trying to locate it when they first arrive at a fire. You can perform a valuable public service and protect yourself, your family and your neighbors by taking the responsibility for shoveling out and clearing any fire hydrants near your home during and after a snowstorm."
Neighbors are also encouraged people to look out for elderly or handicapped neighbors and assist in shoveling out their hydrants.
Due to the expected amount of snow residents and business owners are also asked to clear the snow away from their mailboxes so their street number is visible.
After the major snow storm a couple years ago the Fire Departments along with the help of the Water Department and Districts began to mark all fire hydrants within the community. At the present time approximately 85 percent of the hydrants have been marked with a reflective marker to assisting the fire departments in locating the closest hydrant to a building that they are dispatched to.