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Shoveling Snow and Clearing Hydrants
Photo of firefighter shoveling snow away from fire hydrantShovel your sidewalks: Be a good neighbor and clear the sidewalk in front of and alongside your home following the end of the snowstorm. Chapter 1022.01 of the Loudoun County Codified Ordinances requires snow removal on sidewalks on properties that are adjacent to public streets.

Clear snow from decks: Snow is heavy and can put a great deal of strain on decks. If you can safely shovel the snow from your deck, do so.

Clear fire hydrants: Firefighters need to be able to quickly locate fire hydrants, or lives and property could be lost. Adopt a fire hydrant near your home and clear a three-foot radius around hydrants. 

Emergency exits: Businesses should take steps to clear the snow from emergency exits. 

Clear storm drains:After a large snow, as the temperatures increase, the potential for flooding exists. Make sure that the snow is cleared from storm drains to prevent pooling and flooding that may result from melting snow.

Be safe: Avoid injury and over exertion by pacing yourself and taking frequent breaks to rest, gently stretch your back, arms and legs. Be careful when shoveling snow, clearing ice, pushing a car, or similar activities.

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