STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- On a snowy day like Thursday, the last place a lot of us want to be is outside; however, firefighters said a few minutes shoveling snow away from the doors of your home could make a lifetime of difference in an emergency.
Firefighters said when we get this much snow, you need to shovel out your doors so you can get out if there's a fire.
It's important to do more than just your front door in case it becomes blocked by the fire.
"You may not be able to get to it. The smoke from a very small fire, just the cushions on your couch, will put off enough toxic fumes to disorient and prevent you from getting to that door. That's why it's such an important part. It's difficult, nobody likes the work of shoveling snow, it's back-breaking at times, but it's imperative that it's done," said Kevin Wilkes with the Swoope Volunteer Fire Company.
Firefighters also ask that you shovel about three feet of space around the fire hydrant closest to your home or business because again every second counts in an emergency.
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