JANESVILLE, Wis. - Fire departments are asking people to remember to shovel out hydrants like they would their driveways or sidewalks.
Fire hydrants are supposed to have at least three feet around them and a path to access them.
Firefighters say the few minutes it takes them to shovel out hydrants could be the matter of life and death for someone trapped inside a fire.
"We really ask that neighbors watch out for each other and remember that the hydrant on the end of the block is the hydrant that we would need for your house as well," Janesville Fire Marshall Sue North said.
Janesville firefighters say they normally see more fires during the winter because people are using more heat and smoker often smokers inside or closer to buildings.
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