Fire hydrants don't call attention to themselves; most people may barely notice theirs from day to day. But with significant snowfall, and temperatures rising and falling, hydrants across the state are becoming encased in hard snow and ice - a situation that can turn trouble into tragedy if a fire occurs.

Given that residential fires are most common during the heating season, the State Fire Marshal encourages everyone to know where their nearest fire hydrant is and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter.

Fire chief Daryl Melbostad would like to remind all Spring Grove residents the Spring Grove Fire Department (SGFD) needs them to "adopt" the nearest fire hydrant to their property and keep the snow clear around it.

"This helps the fire department locate the hydrant in times of an emergency," Melbostad explained. The SGFD appreciates any help from the public with this.

Other winter safety tips

Also remember to clear the snow from around your home's exterior where the exhaust from the furnace and hot water heaters are located for proper ventilation. It is important to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you have any questions contact Melbostad at (507) 498-5724 or First Assistant Fire Chief Tim Ladsten at 498-5142.