As if you don’t have enough snow to shovel or plow, Hampton Fire Chief Michael McMahon asks you to clear two additional areas that will benefit everyone in the long run.
“We would certainly appreciate people shoveling their hydrants three feet clear on all sides. That gives us access if we need to,” McMahon told Seacoast Current. “Of course we’ll send our guys on Sunday to start that process as well. But everything that’s already been done makes it much easier for us and safer for everyone.”
It’s also important to clean dryer vents and gas meters around your home.
“Gas meters that burrow under the snow, for lack of a better term, they burp a little bit. You can build up gas under the snow and you can have a fire,” McMahon said.
The chef recalled a series of snowstorms in 2015 that led to gas buildup after snow piled up against the gas meter, sparking a fire in Hampton.
“They had raked the roof and buried the gas meter. Over a period of days, the gas built up and found an ignition source,” McMahon said. “The fire hydrant we used was very well cleaned, which helped a lot, but the house was a total loss.”
Removing snow from the vents of a gas boiler or furnace will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide buildup in the home.
The chef also urged caution when clearing snow from a roof and suggested that if you are not comfortable working on a ladder, have someone do it for you.
“You can hire people to do that. We don’t want anybody falling and getting hurt doing stuff like that,” McMahon said.
Another thing to keep in mind when cleaning up after the storm is Jessica’s Law, formerly known as 265:79-b Careless conduct, which legally requires that all snow and ice be removed from vehicles before driving.
First-time offenders risk a fine of $250 to $500, while repeat offenders can result in a fine of $500 to $1,000.
Jessica’s Law came into effect in 2001 after a sheet of ice blew off a tractor-trailer and into another truck, causing a head-on collision with a car driven by 20-year-old Jessica Smith, according to a report. study. by John W. King New Hampshire Law Library. Smith died in the accident.
Kira contributed to this report
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