With the recent snowfalls in Dubuque, everyone has been busy shoveling out their sidewalks and driveways.

But there is another very important place you need to shovel.  If you have a fire hydrant on your property chances are it looks a little like this hydrant just outside our studios..

But after a few minutes of work, your hydrant could look like this

A fire can double in size every 60 seconds, so those precious minutes you save a firefighter could make a big difference.  Hopefully you'll never need to use a fire hydrant. But if you do it's important to make it as easy as possible for fire crews to reach your hydrant.