Auburn Fire Chief: Keep All Exits Clear From Snow

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Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. wants to remind home and business owners to make sure all their doorways are shoveled out.
Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. wants to remind home and business owners to make sure all their doorways are shoveled out. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – After Saturday’s snowstorm, Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. wants to remind home and business owners to make sure all their doorways are shoveled out.

Coleman said firefighters run into a number of circumstances when people’s secondary exits are blocked by piles of snow. Many residents use their back door as the primary means of entering and exiting their home, he said, and the front door is often reserved for guests.

“People don’t consider that the outer storm door typically swings outward. So as soon as you’ve got snow, which becomes ice, and you push that door, it doesn't open," he said. "Consequently, your secondary means of exit is cut off. It's happening in almost every neighborhood - front or back doors are snowed in, making getting out quickly next to impossible.”

Coleman also reminded residents that, in addition to keeping all exit paths clear, residents should have working smoke detectors and an exit plan.

“Keeping all exits free of ice and snow not only makes the home safer in case of fire, it minimizes slips and falls,” Coleman said.

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