LACONIA — Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson is asking city residents to help themselves and their neighbors by shoveling out fire hydrants.
There are more than 500 fire hydrants in Laconia. It can take City firefighters several days to shovel all the hydrants. In addition to shoveling the hydrants, the crews must respond to emergency calls.
''We are averaging 12 calls per day. So it can take several days to shovel every hydrant. These devices are very important to help protect your home. Take a moment and shovel or snow blow the fire hydrant in your neighborhood. The home that may be saved may be your own,'' says Erickson.
He also points out that is against the law to push snow against a fire hydrant.