The Hudson Valley is finally bracing for a snowstorm this year, and local fire departments want to make sure you're prepared.

It's been a relatively mild winter so far, with the only real seasonal event being the artic freeze that blew through town a few weeks ago. When the temperatures dropped below zero, fire departments reminded local residents about the "three feet rule" when it came to home heating. Now, they're reminding us about a different three feet that can greatly help first responders after the snow falls.

New Paltz Fire Department via Facebook
New Paltz Fire Department via Facebook

Winter Snow Warning from New Paltz, NY Fire Department

"With our forecasted storm... we just want to remind all residents to please clear snow around hydrants in front of your and your neighbors residences", began a recent Facebook post from the New Paltz Fire Department. "This makes our jobs a lot easier if these need to be used in an emergency situation!", they continued. Here's how to make sure your hydrant is accessible.

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Similar to the earlier  three-foot rule issued by fire departments that reminded residents to keep flammable materials at least three feet away from heat sources, this more recent reminder comes with similar measurements. If you have a fire hydrant on your property, clearing away snow and debris within a three-foot radius from the hydrant is very helpful for first responders.


Fire Hydrant Safety in the Hudson Valley, NY

Not only does clearing the snow make it easier for fire departments to access the hydrants, it also makes them easier to find. This is the same reason so many hydrants have metal flags attached to their tops (above). The quicker a hydrant can be located, the quicker they can be put to use.

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The New Paltz Fire Department ended their post by reminding residents to "only drive if you absolutely need to" during the upcoming storm. It will not only keep you safer, but it can free up first responders for rescues of those who can't help themselves, like these adorable but stranded New York animals below.

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