NORTH READING – The North Reading Police and Fire Departments are asking all residents to please shovel out your fire hydrants.

If you have a fire hydrant in front of or near your house the public safety departments ask you to ensure that it is cleared out! It only takes a few minutes to do and will save firefighters from having to search for and dig one out if they need it. According to the NRFD, fire doubles in size every 30 seconds and delays in finding a water supply can have devastating results.