In the event of a fire emergency during the winter, could firefighters find the hydrant(s) near your home or business?
The Village of Oak Brook Fire Department encourages residents to “adopt a fire hydrant” near their home or business and keep snow shoveled away from them during the winter season. Please make it a point to uncover your fire hydrant(s) after every snowfall. Clear a path approximately 3 feet around the hydrant. These actions will allow the fire department to quickly locate the fire hydrant, obtain a water supply for firefighting activities, and give the fire department room to work with this hydrant should the need arise.
Please consider helping a neighbor who is elderly or has a medical condition by shoveling out a hydrant in front of their home. This act of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood.
Water is the principle agent used by the Fire Department to control and extinguish fires. Delays in locating and hooking-up to a fire hydrant can seriously hamper a fire suppression operation, raising the risk of injury and possibly resulting in additional property damage.
The “Adopt a Hydrant” program is an informal program: therefore it is not necessary to advise the Fire Department about which hydrants you will be keeping clear of snow.
On behalf of the entire Department, thank you for keeping the Village of Oak Brook’s fire hydrants clear of snow and keeping our community safe!