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Clear sidewalks, fire hydrants to keep everyone safe

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- As snow piles up across Michiana, the snow can pose some problems. There are a few things you can do to help out and keep everyone as safe as possible.

You've probably noticed as the sidewalks fill up snow, pedestrians are walking in the clearest spot -- the street.

"Several calls saying I've got an individual walking down the street here I believe he or she is going to be hit if they don't get out of the street,” said Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department.

Trent says it’s an easy fix.

"You don't have to go overboard, but shovel it. If everybody does their part we'll see less people walking in the streets, having to use the streets to navigate around on foot,” said Trent.

A city ordinance says you have 24 hours after a snowfall to shovel your sidewalk.

Clay Fire Territory says don't stop after your walkway is clear.

Take the time to dig out your nearby fire hydrants.

"When you're done clearing your driveway or walks, take some time and clear out around that, about 3 feet around so firefighters can spot it,” said Dave Cherrone, Clay Fire Marshal.

Cherrone says taking just a few minutes to shovel it out can truly make a difference.

That way when they're pulling up to an emergency, they can assess the situation quickl, find the hydrant and jump into action.

It is also recommended that you clean off your mailbox so emergency crews can find your address in an emergency.

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