Neighbors: Help clearing walks appreciated 2009.01.14

Written by David Green.

Some people love the snow, a lot of people hate it, but it is a fact of winter in this part of the country. And this year, it just seems to keep on coming.

Another fact of winter is the need to remove snow. Most people get the job done, but not everyone. With the snow depth we’ve had, pedestrian’s are forced to trudge through snow or take the risky choice of walking in the street—not always a safe move with cars slipping around icy roads.

Some residents move in the opposite direction. For each person who never gets around to shoveling, there’s someone else who fills the snow blower with fuel and moves on to a neighbor’s sidewalk and then another sidewalk and then another. They’ll spend time clearing driveways filled in by the city plow. They’ll make the effort to unclog the walk where it goes into a street.

The generosity of these “snow angels” often goes unacknowledged, but seldom unappreciated. Some helpers have the clearing job finished before their neighbor is up. Some are so bundled in winter gear that their identity remains a mystery.

There’s one other winter chore that residents might want to get involved in. It’s not a requirement like clearing the walk. Instead, it’s a matter of personal safety.

If you have a fire hydrant in your yard, you might want to take a little time to make sure it’s visible. Sure, you’re doing a favor for the fire department, but you’re also doing a favor for yourself or your neighbor. Every minute counts in fighting a house fire and fire-fighters can’t afford to take the time needed to clear out around a hydrant.

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