Big Bear Valley, CA, January 7, 2014 – In the event of a fire, the Fire Department needs to gain access to fire hydrants as quickly as possible, so they’re asking community members to adopt a fire hydrant close to their homes or businesses.

In the winter, this means shoveling a three-foot area around your hydrant after each snowfall, as well a clear path from the street so the hydrant is visible and accessible.

If you notice that a fire hydrant has been damaged, missing caps, leaking water, or if it is blocked, please notify your local water company or fire station.

You can register your adopted hydrant on the fire department website.

Hydrants like these are looking for caretakers.