Straight from the Tap

Keep Fire Hydrants in Mind When Shoveling Snow


Cleveland Water supplies water to nearly 74,000 fire hydrants across the 70 communities we serve. Help us and local firefighters by not piling snow on hydrants when clearing your driveway or sidewalk.

After a heavy snowfall, hydrants can become buried by snow plows, snow blowers, or shoveling. In an emergency, every second counts. And if hydrants are blocked or covered by snow it can result in a loss of crucial time during an emergency.

Fire department pumper trucks contain a limited amount of water (about 500 gallons) to allow for immediate action upon arriving at the scene of an emergency. But quick access to a hydrant is crucial to maintaining water flow. If a hydrant is buried in snow, firefighters can lose valuable time trying to locate it in order to connect hoses.

That’s why we ask property owners to keep hydrants clear and readily accessible to firefighters when clearing snow.  A minimum of three feet around a hydrant is recommended to give firefighters adequate access.