Well, you could call your local firehouse and tell them, and they’ll have volunteers come clear it. Or, if you really wanted to be a good citizen, you can dig it out yourself. According to the fire chiefs, searching for fire hydrants and clearing snow away from them costs time. In the event of a fire, the volunteers must use the street maps to figure out where the hydrant is, then clear snow away before they can hook their hoses up to the hydrant. When a house is on fire, a few minutes can mean the difference between having a smoke-damaged house and one that is a total loss. Also, a firefighter shoveling out a hydrant is one less volunteer to search for pets, clear debris, etc. So, if there is a fire hydrant in front of your house, shovel it out after the plows clear the road.