Got snow on your basement hatch? Here are some tips

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Thursday night’s snowstorm dumped between four and nine inches of heavy wet snow all across western Massachusetts.

There are a few things you may not think to do but they are pretty important.

While you’re clearing that snow from your driveway and your sidewalk there are some other areas around your house where you should get rid of it too.

Be sure to clear it away from dryer vents and furnace vents. If you don’t deadly carbon monoxide gas could build up in your house.

You should also take the time to clear any nearby fire hydrants.

“We ask that you do your part and shovel around your fire hydrants whether it’s in front of your house or somewhere on your street that you haven’t seen done,” said Lt. Christopher Geary of the West Springfield Police Department. “We’d like a path to the street from the hydrant and about 3 feet all the way around.”

You should also clear the snow off your hatchway, in case you have an emergency and need another way to get out of your home.

Once the sun came out Friday afternoon, a lot of the snow started melting away.

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