CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging its residents and community businesses to adopt their neighborhood fire hydrants.
With the recent snowfalls, the department worries about most fire hydrants becoming buried or obstructed.
Winter months bring out house fires, and if the firefighters can not find the hydrants in time, a building has a greater chance of burning to the ground.
They are asking local business owners and citizens to help take care of any fire hydrant near them. Shovel three feet around the hydrant, be cautious when shoveling, be on the lookout for traffic, and remember to not stand in the street.
There are over 5,000 public fire hydrants and about 1,600 private fire hydrants in the City limits. The department can not get to them all, so they are asking for everyone to participate.