Firefighters from Engine 249 turn off a hydrant yesterday on Lincoln Road after complaints from a resident. Are open hydrants a summertime tradition in the hot city or a dangerous threat to safety?
In addition to being a TREMENDOUS waste of water, an opened fire hydrant is a safety hazard in that it can dengerously lower water pressure in the surrounding area. A fire in any of the large apartment buildings across the street, for example, could have been disastrous with this situation ongoing. Furthermore, the deliberate direction of high-pressure streams of water onto passing cars, pedestrians, and into area businesses, is aggressive at best and could pose additional safety risks at worst. Upon request, the FDNY will install a sprinkler cap on the hydrant, providing enough water for people to cool off, while not endangering public safety and pouring thousands of gallons of water unnecessarily into the sewer. I am very grateful our fire fighters responded so quickly to my complaint (yes, it was me, and I’m not ashamed) – this came after 4 solid days of calling 311 at least twice a day, and they told me at the fire house that they’d never even been notified.
They’re both, but much of the traditional cooling effect can be accomplished with a sprinkler cap without dangerously lowering water pressure, which could be disaserous if there’s a fire.
And remember, not all “traditions” are worth keeping…
if that was in front of K-Dog, then it’s not suppose to be open anyway. No open hydrants on corners or at bus stops.
It was open again today (Sunday, July 31).
Arghh! Back to the FD.
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