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With Summer Heat, New York City Cracking Down On Open Hydrants

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A sprinklered fire hydrant on 167th Street in Washington Heights - New York, NY - Jul 14, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

A sprinklered fire hydrant on 167th Street in Washington Heights – New York, NY – Jul 14, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - On 167th Street, even the youngest in the spray from a sprinkler-capped hydrant say they know you shouldn’t open the hydrant full-blast in the heat.

“Do you like running through the water coming out of the fire hydrant?” asked WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane of a young girl.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane In Washington Heights

“Yes,” answered the girl.

“Is it cold?” asked Murnane.

“No,” she answered.

“Washington Heights, Community Boards 4 and 5 in the Bronx, you know, they’re [at] high elevation, so there’s a particular concern,” said New York City Department of Environment Protection commissioner Cass Holloway.

He says teams are once again fanning out to spark a dialogue on the dangers of open fire hydrants.

O’Brien Ortega from the Bronx is on board HEAT – Hydrant Emergency Action Team.

“This is our mission,” he told Murnane.

“Do you think you can change their minds?” asked Murnane.

“Yeah, definitely. 100 percent sure,” he answered.

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