The Idyllwild Fire Protection District is reminding everyone not to bury or block fire hydrants when moving or removing snow from their driveways, as this will cause serious delays if it is necessary to access a fire hydrant in case of a fire.

IFPD further encourages residents to “adopt” a fire hydrant near their home or property by helping to keep it shoveled out and accessible in case of fire. Three feet of clearance is needed.

It has been a few years since the area has received the amounts of snow being predicted so IFPD needs the public’s help to keep the hydrants clear and accessible.

In the event of a fire, every second counts when it comes to getting water from the hydrant to the fire. Fires can double in size with each passing minute.

Business owners are also reminded that they are required to keep all of their fire exits clear and safe, not just the main doors to the business.