Every harsh winter like the one we're having so far is always accompanied by numerous life-saving reminders. One of those reminders is fire safety prevention.

Let's be honest, a house fire no matter the time of the year is a tragic event, but one during the winter months that are filled with heavy snowfall and extreme cold becomes even more challenging, especially for the first responders tasked with having to extinguish the blaze.

With the amount of snowfall parts of the state has received so far, it's easy for things like a fire hydrant to get covered up quickly. A great example of that is some of the pics coming out of the Black Hills area. Practically everything out there is buried underneath feet of snow! And there are many more stories just like that from all over the state and surrounding regions.

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That is why fire officials are being proactive right now by asking South Dakotans to "Adopt a Hydrant" in their neighborhood.

Dakota News Now is reporting that residents throughout the state are being asked to please remove the snow that has built up around the fire hydrants in their neighborhoods.

As you begin the painful process of digging out your driveway, sidewalks, and walkways, please take a little extra time to remove the snow that has piled up around the fire hydrant near your home.

Officials recommend clearing out at least three feet of snow around each hydrant, when possible. 

It's imperative to keep hydrants visible and accessible for fire crews in case of emergencies during the winter months.

The fire crews throughout the state thank you!

Source: Dakota News Now

A Survival Guide For Your First Winter in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the Sioux Empire (AKA southeastern South Dakota) are welcoming thousands of new residents every year.

Many of you new folks will be experiencing your first eastern South Dakota winter. While it doesn't usually get as bad as our Dakota friends up north, I speak from experience when I say it can get a little rough.

So, to help ease you into winter in Sioux Falls and South Dakota here are some winter survival tips:

Do You Remember These 10 Crazy Snowstorms In South Dakota?

Here's some news that some South Dakotans prefer not to hear this time of year. Winter is coming. In denial? The dropping temperatures and early snowstorms out west by Deadwood speak for themselves.

Slowly but surely, people of the Sioux Empire are bracing for colder weather and snow-covered roads. Even though snow will soon be gracing the Sioux Empire with its presence, some snow showers will not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlights these ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the roads during the winter. These South Dakotan winters can be harsh, which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

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