Clear snow around fire hydrants

Keeping your driveway and sidewalk clear of snow is important.

If there is a hydrant near your home, please clear snow or ice at least 60 cm (2 ft) from around the hydrant. That way, in an emergency, Emergency Services' crews can find and access the hydrant with the greatest possible speed. Those few extra seconds or minutes could make a world of difference in an emergency.

Watch this video, courtesy of the Grande Prairie Fire Department, which shows the significant delay in response when your hydrant is covered in snow or ice.

If you are physically unable to clear snow around a hydrant, please call 780-467-7785.

Fire hydrant with snow covered Fire hydrant cleared of snow and ice 
Before: Make sure the entire hydrant is clear of snow and ice After: Easy access for Emergency Services' crews


When landscaping remember

Fire hydrants require at least a 3.5 metre setback from the centre of a tree trunk to a fire hydrant. Please refer to Design and Construction Standards, Section 6 (Open Space Standards) under section for more information. 

Phone: 780-467-7785

Last updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Page ID: 39909