The increased use of fireplaces and space heaters in the winter increases the danger of house fires. The recent deep snowfall has covered most hydrants in town as well as covering up some clothes dryer vents and furnace vents.

I encourage all Westporters to make sure the fire hydrants in their neighborhood are accessible in case of emergency. Please dig them out so the Fire Department can find them. Emergency responders need to be able to find and access hydrants quickly.

While you are digging out the hydrants you might also make sure your clothes dryer vent and furnace vent are not covered up to prevent problems with carbon monoxide.

It's also a good idea to make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors especially this time of year.

Stay safe this winter.

Steven Violette

Westport