State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urging all Michiganders to help keep fire hydrants and buildings’ emergency exits clear of snow and ice for emergency access and egress. “Fire hydrants can quickly disappear especially with the continued accumulation of snow statewide and as snow banks grow taller along Michigan roadways during snow clearing efforts,” said Sehlmeyer. “Precious time is lost when firefighters have to first locate and then dig out a fire hydrant to establish a water supply. This delay can have catastrophic results due to not getting enough water quickly enough to contain and extinguish a fire.” This time of the year it’s also important to remind businesses to keep all emergency exits clear of snow and ice.

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