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Tahoe chief’s corner: Adopt a fire hydrant in your community

Mike Brown
Chief’s Corner

Mike Brown

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District has approximately 950 fire hydrants within Incline Village and Crystal Bay. The Fire District strives to ensure all hydrants are clear and marked; however, with the snow levels where they are this year, it has been challenging to keep up with snow removal for all hydrants. This is where you come in!

By adopting the hydrant closest to your home or business and keeping it clear of snow and debris you can help us to make our community safer. In the event of a small fire that is reported in a timely manner, the water carried by our fire engines can usually be sufficient.

However, if a fire is larger than what our fire engine water capacity can accommodate, a fire hydrant that is easily found can make a difference in keeping the fire from spreading to a neighboring property. Combining safe practices like keeping your closest hydrant clear, installing smoke detectors and maintaining defensible space – all can prevent unnecessary property damage.

The Nevada Fire Code 507.5.5 Clear space around hydrants states, "A 3-foot (914 mm) clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of fire hydrants, except as otherwise required or approved. In addition, a minimum clear space of seven and one half feet (2286 mm) shall be maintained to both sides directly in front of the front pumper connection. This requirement shall apply to any public or private property. In North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District a minimum of fifteen foot (4572 mm) clear space shall be maintained to the front; seven and one half feet (2286 mm) to both sides; and four feet (1219 mm) to the rear of any fire hydrant. This requirement shall apply to any public or private property."

We appreciate the members of our community that already maintain hydrants in their neighborhood and encourage everyone to participate in helping keep our community safe.

If you notice a fire hydrant that is not marked with a snow pole or a fire hydrant that is damaged or leaking, please contact Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Regan at 775-831-0351, ext. 8107.

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"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.