By Michael P. Neufeld
Mountain Communities – Fire hydrants make super pets and local fire agencies are looking for residents who are willing to participate in an Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a hydrant close to their home or business.
And if the projected storm this week materializes. . .it’s going to be even more important to have residents taking care of their “pet” hydrant.
Here are a 10 reasons fire hydrants make super pets:
1. Hydrants never need to be fed.
2. Hydrants never make a mess.
3. Hydrants are loyal…always ready when needed.
4. Hydrants never run away.
5. Hydrants are obedient. . .and sit and stay indefinitely.
6. Hydrants are helpful…they love to help put out fires.
7. Hydrants are trustworthy…and in position to help as required.
8. Hydrants don’t bite.
9. Hydrants care and have concern for others.
10. Hydrants don’t bark at the moon.
TAKING CARE OF HYDRANT PETS
WINTER – During winter months, keep the snow cleared around the hydrant and establish a path to the street for easy access and visibility.
SUMMER – During the summer, keep an eye on your hydrant so nobody vandalizes it or opens its caps. By doing so, you can ensure that “your hydrant” will be able to assist firefighters when needed. You should also keep the grass and weeds mowed or removed around the hydrant for better visibility and access.
ALL YEAR – If the hydrant starts to drip or leak or is damaged in some way, report it as soon as possible. Notify the water company or your local fire agency.