Help the Chili Fire Department

“Adopt a Hydrant”



As winter approaches, please help the Chili Fire Department by adopting the fire hydrant closest to your home or business and keep it free of snow during the winter months.

Please make it a point to uncover your fire hydrant after each and every snowfall by clearing a path approximately 4 feet around the hydrant and shovel a path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant.

These actions will allow the fire department to quickly locate the fire hydrant and obtain a water supply for firefighting activities, and give the fire department room to work with this hydrant should the need arise.

At a fire, the fire department must quickly locate and gain a water supply source from the closest fire hydrant to a home or a business. A fire truck carries enough water on board for approximately 8 minutes of firefighting.

If a fire hydrant is buried by the snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time is lost by the time it takes by digging it out. It may take from 5 to 7 minutes to dig out a fire hydrant buried by the snow. This delay in gaining a water supply from a fire hydrant may disrupt the timely manner in which firefighters are able to fight the fire and may allow a fire to grow. A fire doubles in size every 20 seconds. 

Carbon Monoxide Legislation

In New York

Effective February 22, 2010 there is a new Law in New York State to protect the families from the #1 cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, carbon monoxide or (CO)  

Amanda’s Law States

·       CO alarms must be installed in all new and existing one and two-family dwellings, multifamily dwellings and rentals having fuel burning appliances or having attached garages.

·       CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area on every level of your home.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

·       Carbon Monoxide is often called the “silent killer” because it is odorless, colorless and tasteless.

·       Symptoms often mimic the flu without a fever and can include dizziness, severe headache, nausea, sleepiness, fatigue, weakness and disorientation.

·        Any time a fuel-burning appliance malfunctions or is installed improperly CO can quickly reach dangerous levels leading to injury or even death.

Safety Tips

·       Install at least one battery-powered, hardwired or plug –in style CO alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.

·       Replace CO detector every five years.

·       Do not leave a vehicle running in your garage fumes can seep inside.

·       Do not operate a charcoal or gas grill inside or outdoors near a window where CO fumes could seep in. 

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This information is provided as a courtesy by the Chili Volunteer Fire Department. For further information in regards to the new law go to