October is Fire Prevention Month, a time when we should all be aware of ways to help learn fire safety and prevention. Fire hydrants are important to the safety of a community in the event that a fire breaks out near your home or business. Des Moines Water Works is responsible for maintenance of the fire hydrants that fire fighters use to protect our community. Help the local fire department and DMWW by following these simple tips to keep fire hydrants working properly and accessible when they are needed:
- Keep cars, bikes, toys and other objects away from fire hydrants at all times.
- During winter months, shovel snow away from fire hydrants.
- Mow and trim grass or weeds around fire hydrants near your property.
- Do not plant flowers or shrubs around fire hydrants.
Unauthorized use of a hydrant can cause significant damage to the distribution system, the hydrant and your home or business plumbing. Additionally, it may cause damage to our water supply. Any unauthorized use of a fire hydrant may result in a $1,500 fine and misdemeanor charges.
If you notice a damaged fire hydrant or accidentally damage one, please call Des Moines Water Works at (515) 283-8700. Your call is important to fire protection.