Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Keep those hydrants closed, please
As the city enters another day of 90 degree temperatures, New Yorkers are doing whatever they can to beat the heat.
But officials are warning people looking to cool off to think twice before popping open a fire hydrant.
The Department of Environmental Protection is deploying mobile command centers to respond to complaints of opened fire hydrants.
They said the water pressure from an illegally-opened hydrant can cause serious problems.
"If you are in a place where you want to open a fire hydrant, don't do it illegally, don't open it," said Carter Strickland, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection. "It's dangerous. It can come out at 1,000 gallons per minute. It's a tremendous force of water. It can injure kids, cars have an issue and it can really harm water pressure which hurts the ability of the fire department to fight fires."
Fire hydrants can be opened legally by getting a city-approved spray cap at local firehouses.