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Stoughton Fire Department Blizzard Cleanup Advisory: "Help Us Keep You Safe!"

Post-blizzard cleanup tips from the Stoughton Fire Department to possibly prevent an emergency from happening or in the event of an emergency, allow first responders to respond in a timely manner.

The following is from Stoughton Deputy Fire Chief Greg Goldberg:

As you are digging out from "NEMO" , The Stoughton Fire Department would like all businesses and the residents to please try to follow a few safety tips that will possibly prevent an emergency from happening or in the event of an emergency, "Help us help you"!

For Residents:

 

* Please Clear Fire Hydrants 4 feet on all sides

  • In the event of a Fire, this will expedite the process of ensuring that we get water on the fire

* Shovel out All exits

  • Gives occupants multiple escape routes in the event of a fire or other emergency!
  • Will assist in the rapid treatment & transport of medical emergency patients

* Clear all outside appliance/heating vents

  • Power vents & side vents from heaters & hot water heaters
  • Gas powered appliance vents

* Clear outside Gas Meters

  • As the snow melts, if ice forms over the meter it could cause a gas leak

* Clear out your car's exhaust pipe 

For Apartment Complexes & Businesses:

 

* Please Clear Fire Hydrants 4 feet on all sides

  • In the event of a Fire, this will expedite the process of ensuring that we get water on the fire

* Shovel out All exits

  • Make sure ALL EXITS are cleared including those generally not used as they, by law must be kept clear at ALL Times, ensuring means of egress
  • Will assist in the rapid treatment & transport of medical emergency patients

* In Buildings Protected with Sprinkler Systems

  • Shovel Out Sprinkler Connections & Valves

* Access to Fire Alarm Panel

* Clear all outside appliance/heating vents

  • Power vents & side vents from heaters & hot water heaters
  • Gas powered appliance vents

* Clear outside Gas Meters

  • As the snow melts, if ice forms over the meter it could cause a gas leak

Also, Please do not forget your neighbors! There are many elderly and handicapped persons who will have a more difficult time managing the effects of the storm! Check in on them and assist in any way possible with these safety measures!

ellen zeserson February 09, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I live in west stoughton village and so far they have only cleaned one side of the street can not even get of my building as my side has not been shoveled or plowed.

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