How to help first responders in the winter weather

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It’s finally starting to look like winter around Siouxland, as we piled up nearly seven inches of snow over the weekend. With this winter weather, first responders need your help keeping the community safe.

In times like this, the Sioux City Fire Department recommends taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of an emergency at your house. After a large snowfall, make sure to check your outdoor heating vents to make sure they aren’t clogged. 

If you are using a space heater to keep warm, make sure you turn it off before heading to bed. Deputy Rodriguez said there is one big thing you can also do outside to help out firefighters after a snowstorm. 

“We appreciate when our neighbors are able to help us out by cleaning out at least a three-foot radius around the hydrant for quicker access. It could be neighbors or your own house. By having quicker water supply the quicker we can extinguish the fire in those areas,” said Joe Rodriguez the Deputy Fire Marshal.

If you see your hydrant is buried and you’re unable to shovel you can also call the Fire Prevention Office and they will send someone to do it for you.

The Sioux City Police Department said if the power is out, try to limit the use of your cell phone to save your battery in case of an emergency. Also because of the bad weather, it might take responders longer to get to you.

“Having a kit available with some gauze in it, some large bandages. If someone happens to fall and we do have a bunch of snow on the ground it may take first responders longer to get there, ” said Police Officer Andrew Dutler.

As the snow continues this week, keep a look out for your nearest hydrant and make sure you have enough supplies in your home. It’s always better to be over prepared. 

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