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Frozen fire hydrants cause havoc for firefighters

The cold weather can make it harder for fire crews to put out fires (FOX19/Lindsey Wopschall) The cold weather can make it harder for fire crews to put out fires (FOX19/Lindsey Wopschall)
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

The bitter cold temperatures that have gripped the Tri-State can cause many problems. An issue often over-looked is the freezing of fire hydrants in the area. 

A problem that can become a hazard Colerain Township Firefighter Richard Witsken said.

"It means we can't use that hydrant," Witsken said referring to a frozen hydrant. "So we have to go down the road farther away, which takes more time to get water to put the fire out."

This situation occurred Wednesday in a North College Hill fire.

FOX19 NOW's Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer says Thursday's low temperature will be five below zero. The Tri-State will not reach above freezing levels until Sunday. That means more hydrants will become frozen in the next couple of days. 

Firefighters say they check for hydrants that are leaking water called, 'wet hydrants.'

"Make sure the water flows out, double check, make sure there are no leaks," Witsken said. "Then you reflow the hydrant, then pump the hydrant to make sure there is no more water left to freeze."

If you see a frozen fire hydrant, which can be spotted by leaking water or if the hydrant is wet, you are encouraged to call your city's public works department

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