Adopt-a-Hydrant Program

Winter Fire Safety

The winter months bring a special concern to the Howell Township Fire Service. Winter storms and plowing operations can often hide the hydrants under a mountain of snow making them impossible to find quickly. In the event of a fire, firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants before hooking up to them. Precious time is lost and when a fire occurs we need that time to save lives and keep damage to a minimum. Please don’t let your neighborhood hydrant remain “under cover”.

We are asking that you help us by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow. We need a 3-foot path leading from the street to the hydrant and a 3-foot path around the hydrant. When shoveling snow be aware of vehicle traffic. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway.

How to Adopt-a-Hydrant

To adopt-a-hydrant, please fill out the application and return it to us. Then keep the hydrant clear of snow during the winter months. Also, keep hydrants free of overgrowth (grass and weeds) the rest of the year.

For doing this, you will receive a hydrant adoption certificate along with our sincere thanks. Citizens and civic groups (Boy Scouts, etc.) can “adopt” a hydrant or hydrants in their neighborhood. If you have any questions, please contact the Howell Fire Bureau at (732) 938-4500 ext. 2900

Information & Guidelines

  • Keep hydrants free of snow and ice
  • Keep hydrants free of overgrowth (grass and weeds)
  • Report any damaged or leaking hydrants to Howell Police Dispatch at (732) 938-4111
Do not:
  • Alter or attempt to repair hydrants
  • Mark the curb or street
  • Paint hydrants