More fires happen when temperatures dip below zero

Hampden County

Firefighters are reminding residents to clear the snow away from fire hydrants after the weekend storm.  

Western Massachusetts saw several serious fires over the weekend, including one each in Orange and Springfield.    

West Springfield Fire Lieutenant Michael Dickson told 22News when temperatures dip into the single digits and below zero, there are more fires. 

Fire risk increases partly due to people plugging in space heaters or using candles in power outages. 

Clearing snow from the hydrants allows firefighters to find and access them quickly. 

“It’s important,” said Lt. Dickson. “We recommend that the homeowners clean around three feet around the hydrant in every direction, it is their responsibility. That way our guys can get in there and dress the hydrant appropriately.” 

In Springfield, the fine for not clearing your hydrants after a storm is $25, and in West Springfield.  

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