Opinion: Take time to dig out your fire hydrants
January 18, 2016
Except for dogs, fire hydrants are one of our most under-appreciated friends in the Truckee Tahoe area. We took them for granted until five years ago when we had a small kitchen fire. Fortunately, we put the fire out without any damage or having to call 911.
I did not even know where our hydrant was. In the winter almost all hydrants are buried in snow. A delay of only 5 minutes for the firefighters can mean the difference between only slight damage and a home that is totally destroyed by fire. I know because I used to be a volunteer firefighter. It can happen that quickly.
This is on our "to-do" list now. We take the grand kids out for some fun digging out our hydrant, and at the same time this teaches them how to give back to our great community. Sometimes a neighbor comes out to help, and that's an extra bonus. Hey, now we know our neighbors!
Sure, it may be hard work. The first time it is, but if you keep up on it every time it snows, it only takes a couple minutes. Think of the alternative. Just ask someone who has lost their home to fire. It is a nightmare. So , I encourage people to get to know their lifesaving friend — the fire hydrant.
Frank J. Casella