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

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.

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“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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  • Michael H.

    Another article severely lacking in substance. How about a few sentences on *why* the open hydrants are dangerous? Why are areas at higher elevations of more concern than others? You guys are really phoning it in.

    • Joyce Arcella

      i agree

    • CSI

      One reason is that cars drive right through them not being able to see whats on the other side of the water and god forbid hitting someone. Some cars not wanting their car to be blasted with water drive fast. the high elevation thing i am not sure about. Also wasting water is a big concern as well. Most places keep it on 24/7 and they don’t bother to turn it off when the kids are all gone. The one on my block has been on for three weeks straight.

      • MIKE


        WHAT A DOOSH!!

      • CSI

        Because It will be loosers like you like you who will turn it back on.

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