Farmingdale-area firefighters are praising local residents who cleared the snow and ice around the community's fire hydrants.
The recent storm left most area hydrants encased in snow and buried up to the valves. Firefighters say it is vital even during winter storms that they can quickly perform their life-saving work without delays.
Firefighters, in messages to Patch, urged residents who have not yet cleared winter debris around their hydrants to do so and make it a priority in future snow storms.
Area residents should consider assisting elderly neighbors or friends and family who are away for the winter with clearing snow and ice from their hydrants. Taking a few minutes to clear a hydrant could make a big difference in the event of a fire.
Check out the photos attached here to see the difference.