When firefighters are digging – time keeps ticking. During a fire, every second counts, and after each snowfall, there are a few hydrants in Burnsville that become a little "hard to find."
Burnsville'sfirefighters need a three-foot area clear of snow and ice shoveled around each of the City's fire hydrants, and a three-foot wide path leading to them from the street.
Residents are encouraged to "Adopt-A-Hydrant" or two in their neighborhoods, and make sure they are accessible after each snowfall. If a resident is physically unable to shovel a hydrant on their property, they are encouraged to ask a neighbor to help out.
All public fire hydrants (those located on easements, City property and streets) should have a marker that allows the hydrant to be seen in deep snow. Residents who notice a public hydrant that isn't marked are encouraged to notify the Burnsville Maintenance Facility at 952-895-4550.
Private hydrant owners (on business or multi-unit housing properties) can purchase a hydrant marker from the following City-approved vendors:
In the summer months, some homeowners plant trees or landscape by a fire hydrant, but residents need to keep this area clear. If there is a fire, firefighters need to be able to reach and use the hydrant. Plants will be trampled and a tree or a fence too close will be cut down.