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Clean your fire hydrants of snow and ice

I would like to thank whoever got the fire hydrant on my block cleared out. I called my daughter’s father to come over and asked him to shovel it out, and when he went across the street the fire hydrant had already been shoveled out.

I got an e-mail from another West Maspeth resident who said there was another fire hydrant covered with snow near the corner of 55th Street and Andrews Avenue. I also saw another fire hydrant covered with snow on 60th Drive near 60th Street.

I wish homeowners knew they were supposed to clean the fire hydrant in front of their houses when it snows. I also would like to know if this is a law or a courtesy. I cannot get a straight answer from anyone I ask.

I saw city sanitation workers cleaning fire hydrants on Fresh Pond Road. They said they were told to clean fire hydrants that were covered with snow on main streets. They did not know if it is a law or not. They were not giving out summonses.

I personally believe that if a fire hydrant is on your property, then whether it is a law or not you should clean it because it could be your house that catches fire and cannot be saved because the firemen were too busy digging out the fire hydrant instead of fighting the fire. Think about that.

Charlene L. Stubbs


Maspeth West End Block Association


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