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Recently, in between calls, Oak Forest Firefighters were seen around town removing snow from hydrants.
Fire Chief John Janozik says, " There are more than 3,000 fire hydrants in the City of Oak Forest and we need everyone's help to remove the snow."
In case of fire, firefighters need to be able to get to the hydrants quickly to protect people and property. We need your help! Please take time to shovel at least 5 feet away from any fire hydrants in your yard or neighborhood. Time spent clearing fire hydrants can mean extra time to save lives and property in the case of a fire at your house or your neighbors.
Check on your gas meter, sidewall vents and gas appliance/dryer vents during and after heavy snowfalls, and clear snow away from the vent’s opening if it builds up. If you do notice a mound of snow blocking your furnace or dryer vent, clear it away by hand – don’t use a shovel or a snow blower, as either could cause damage to the vent pipe. Doing this will prevent possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Check your CO and smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly.