Adopt A Fire Hydrant In Your Neighborhood!
The Pluggies Partners Program is designed to actively involve your child in helping firefighters, your neighbors, and your community.
By “adopting” a fire hydrant and agreeing to help care for it during the winter months, you will help save the Fire Department precious minutes during a fire.
The program is intended to keep the child’s interest throughout the winter months and your child’s efforts will be rewarded in the spring with a certificate and a picnic at the Ankeny Fire Department.
For questions, contact the Ankeny Fire Department at (515) 965-6469 or KPeters@ankenyiowa.gov.
Safety Tips and Guidelines
- Each child should be responsible for one hydrant.
- To the best of his/her ability, the child should clear (generally with direct parent participation)
- Approximately a 3-4 foot circle around the hydrant. This should only be done on quiet, residential streets; it should be done with parent supervision.
- Report the following to the Fire Department’s non-emergency number, (515) 965-6469:
- Caps missing or broken
- Water leaking from your hydrant
- Hydrants will be monitored to be sure your child is a good caretaker.
- Do not step into the road while clearing a hydrant; have an adult help you if the plow piles are too high.
- If the hydrant you are adopting is across the street, an adult should accompany the child for safety reasons.
- If the hydrant is not on your property, be sure to ask your neighbor’s permission first!
- Never step onto the street while shoveling the hydrant.
- Wear bright clothes so vehicles can see you!