We are one week into Winter and several major storms have already swept across New York State leaving firefighters begging people to do one thing.

Life and death can be determined in a matter of moments when it comes to fires in and around the home and firefighters need all the time they have to help rescue and put out the fire.

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Taking time to clear a hydrant of snow is a waste of their precious time so firefighters across the state are asking people to make sure they clear the snow and ice from around the hydrants on their property.


In fact, it is New York State law that if you have a hydrant on your property, it is your responsibility to make sure there is a clear path for firefighters to get to the hydrant.

According to the law, you need to clear out two feet around the outside of the fire hydrant within 24 hours of the end of the weather event that caused the snow or ice. If you don't remove the snow you could face fines as much as $150 for the first offense and as high as $350 for additional offenses.

So this winter do the right thing and as you clear your driveway and sidewalks, make sure to clear the fire hydrants as well.

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Today's snow tubers have it made. Groomed snow lanes and conveyor lifts to catch a ride back to the top of the hill. And no rocks! All of this has made snow tubing in Upstate New York one of the fastest-growing winter activities for families of all ages.

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