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Keep Sidewalks, Fire Hydrants Clear Of Snow & Ice

Northwest Iowa — Most communities in the KIWA listening area have ordinances about keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

In Sheldon, City Manager Sam Kooiker tells KIWA about what is required of Sheldon’s citizens.

We asked Kooiker what happens if a citizen doesn’t clear their sidewalks in a timely manner.

He says that even so, there are many sidewalks in town that haven’t been scooped.

To find out about the snow removal ordinance in your community, you should contact your City Office.

While you’re out clearing your sidewalks and driveways, area fire chiefs request that you make sure any fire hydrants on your property are shoveled out, as well. The fire chiefs say that by digging out the fire hydrants on your property and making them accessible to firefighters, you can save them precious time when seconds count.

Fire chiefs say it takes less than ten minutes to dig out your neighborhood fire hydrant. While ten minutes isn’t very much time out of an average person’s day, that ten minutes could mean tragedy in a fire.

You’re asked to dig out a 3-foot area around the hydrant and a path to the street.

The chiefs ask everyone to please take a few moments to dig out the fire hydrant closest to your home or business. The short time it takes for you to dig out around fire hydrants could mean the difference between life and death in case of a fire.

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