Firefighters Prepare For Cold With ‘Sub Zero’ Plan In Place, and Ask for Help from Public


Frozen fire hydrants are just on the challenges firefighters will be up against as the arctic air continues to move in. Luckily, local firefighters have “sub zero” plan in place.

Palatine Fire Department has an ongoing community-based safety program during winter months. During heavy snowfall, finding — let alone using fire hydrants — becomes very difficult. Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds so every second counts. A fire grows considerably greater in size when extra time is spent attempting to access a fire hydrant. The Palatine Fire Department asks residents, business owners, and local civic groups to consider participating in their “Adopt-A-Hydrant” program.

Palatine Fire Department has set up an on-line adopting system at and asks residents and business owners to consider adopting one or two hydrants near homes, churches or businesses with a commitment to keep the hydrants clear of snow.

When clearing a fire hydrant, snow should be removed about three (3) feet away from the hydrant in all directions with a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the roadway.

Palatine Fire Department recommends residents exercise caution when shoveling because of the potential for vehicle traffic nearby. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway.
The Village of Palatine has over 3,500 fire hydrants that need the public’s help to make sure that the hydrants are accessible when firefighters need them.

No fire department can do this alone.


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